“A Whale of a School”

The newest piece of the Naperville Century Walk is creating quite a splash with some local students. Highlands Elementary School and the Century Walk Corporation recently unveiled a new playground whale sculpture.

Highlands’s slogan is “A Whale of a School.”

“A student came up with the slogan,” said Highlands School Principal Susan Stuckey. “I think it typifies just how proud the students are of the character within our school.”

Highlands Home and School Association wanted to replace their original wooden sculpture because of erosion. The new whale’s upper body stands nine feet tall and the raised tail is five feet. Students personalized the whale by designing fish and coral tiles.

The school raised $9,000 for the sculpture of their mascot. The Century Walk then donated $12,000 for the sculpture of their mascot.

“We couldn’t have done this obviously without the Century Walk,” said Project Manager Susan Rocco. “They came in at just the right time. We had not only the funds the Home and School offered, but because of some of the extensions we needed to put in with our water surround, the monies they gave us were able to fund that.”

The Naperville Century Walk is a collection of public art throughout downtown. This sculpture marks the 39th piece.

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