We made our own sunshine on this rainy morning at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate our new Welcome Garden. We were able to establish garden thanks to a Green Canopy Initiative grant provided by the Arlington Heights 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee. We thank Mrs. Trendel and Mrs. Schwarz for planning and leading such a lovely ceremony!
Superintendent Dr. Sarah Jerome and Mayor Tom Hayes joined us for this special celebration.
The children introduce themselves to Mayor Hayes.
Music teacher Mr. Deptula leads everyone in singing America the Beautiful and our school song.
Students from Ecology Club read poetry.
Our assistant principal, Mrs. Trendel, acquired the Green Canopy grant for our Welcome Garden, so we gave her the honors of cutting the ribbon.
Also in case you didn't notice in the pictures above, it was Crazy Hair Day at Dryden! Our Student Council plans the school spirit days, which makes for a fun day at school. It was great to see the creative and silly hair do's!
In the afternoon, several teachers and administrators from Shitara, Japan toured Dryden. Our school district and the schools of Shitara have a student exchange program for the middle school students. Students from Arlington Heights have an opportunity to visit Shitara, Japan in the fall, and the students from Shitara have an opportunity to visit Arlington Heights in the spring. The teachers and administrators tour our schools while the students attend classes.
Our students gave a warm welcome with posters saying "Yokosu" (Welcome).
Teachers and administrators enjoyed visiting classrooms.
We enjoyed getting to know one another over an informal "American-style" lunch.
Our time together went by quickly, with our guests off to visit a different school. We hope they will come back to visit us soon!