Olive-Mary Stitt School has a happy reason to feel 'blue'

  • The Thomas Middle School band leads a procession of Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School students Friday to an assembly celebrating the latter school's Blue Ribbon Award.

    The Thomas Middle School band leads a procession of Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School students Friday to an assembly celebrating the latter school's Blue Ribbon Award. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School students applaud Friday during an assembly recognizing the school's 2017 Blue Ribbon Award.

    Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School students applaud Friday during an assembly recognizing the school's 2017 Blue Ribbon Award. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Principal Becky FitzPatrick speaks Friday about Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School's 2017 Blue Ribbon Award during an assembly at the Arlington Heights school.

    Principal Becky FitzPatrick speaks Friday about Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School's 2017 Blue Ribbon Award during an assembly at the Arlington Heights school. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 12/1/2017 6:22 PM

Alumni band students filled the hallways of Olive-Mary Stitt Elementary School in Arlington Heights Friday with music to celebrate the school's 2017 National Blue Ribbon award.

The Olive graduates, now members of the Thomas Middle School band, helped kick off the Friday afternoon assembly, which also featured a flash mob dance performance by the school's teachers. Special guests included the school's namesake, Mary Stitt, who served as principal from 1967 to 1992, and state Rep. David Harris, who supported the school's application for the award.

 

The U.S. Department of Education named the K-5 school an award winner in September -- one of 25 schools to be honored statewide for academic achievement.

The assembly capped off a weeklong celebration that included schoolwide craft and art projects, a blue-themed dress-up day, and lunch-hour tunes from The Mix radio personality Brian Paruch.

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