Returning to school doesn’t start with classrooms, homework or trying to remember a locker combination. At least not in Cicero, where District 99 and J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 joined forces with the Town of Cicero for two back-to-school events.
The first one, held on August 12 at Unity Junior High, featured activities for students and parents, games, bouncy houses, community service opportunities, exams for those who needed them prior to starting school, a college fair for older students, and free books and supplies for all grade levels.
“We want to make sure our kids not only know when school is starting, but also have a good first impression with school’s return,” said Tim Truesdale, superintendent of Morton 201.
The second event was part of Cicero’s Summer in the Park festival. Held the day after the Unity event, this one focused more on saying goodbye to summer and hello to school. Kids at the Community Park event received free books, pencils and pens, notepads, and other tools to supplement what they may have acquired the day prior.
“Our goal is to make sure every kid has the resources they need to succeed with supplies, interaction with new classmates before the year begins, and a chance to let out some of that pre-school year jitters kids can have the days before classes begin,” said Town President Larry Dominick.