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Naperville, School’s Out For Summer!

Whether you’re a student, or a parent, the last few days of school are full of excitement.

But before the year was done, students at District 204’s Scullen Middle School celebrated in a colorful way.

“I decided to tie-dye trees today because I get to spend time with my friends and also I get to kind of leave my mark as I leave eighth grade,” said Hannah, a student at Scullen Middle School.

But not a permanent mark – this is a fully “green” goodbye.

“When you take chalk and you soak it in water for long enough, it starts to be like paint, and you can paint onto the tree with it and once it dries, you can draw over it and it will wash away just like chalk,” explained Gia, another student at Scullen.

The event was thought up by Scullen’s PTSA, giving kids a groovy way to end the year.

“I thought it would be such a fun project for the kids to do, they’ve never experienced anything like this, like who could resist tie-dyeing a tree? It’s fun, it’s collaborative, it’s a great way to end the year,” said Kelly Kishel, Vice President of Scullen’s PTSA.

And students at District 203’s Naper Elementary closed their classes with a shout of joy, as parents gathered to clap and cheer for all those moving on to junior high. For Naper, that includes the fourth graders, as they will be housed at Washington next year, for fifth grade, due to overcrowding.

“I think this year was a little different because we had fourth and fifth graders leaving to go to a different school, so it was kind of a bittersweet ending to the school year,” said Melana Napier, a Learning Behavior Specialist at Naper.

But that didn’t stop the students from celebrating.

“Since you only get 12 last days of school in your life, if you don’t count kindergarten, so you know that it’s a big celebration and you’re moving closer to college,” said Will, a Naper student.

And while they may be moving on, they will always keep the lessons learned at Naper in their minds and hearts.

“I’d just like to say thank you to Naper because they supported me through the years I’ve been in school, from first grade to fourth and I’m just really happy I got to go to this school,” said Alexander, a Naper student.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.


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