District 65 students turn page on 2021-2022 school year, celebrate last day 

Students gather outside Walker Elementary School after dismissal on the last day of the year. Credit: Duncan Agnew

Students in kindergarten through seventh grade in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 finished the academic year as they departed their school buildings for the final time this spring on Wednesday afternoon.

Parents, teachers and students were greeted with a deluge of rain as magnet schools and middle schools held dismissal, though, which put a damper on some of the usual celebrations of kids joyously running out of buildings as the bell rings on the last day of school . Still, they said they were excited to finish the year and begin a restful, relaxing and fun summer.

At Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School, a crossing guard in a bright yellow raincoat and rain pants directed traffic while shouting, “Have a good summer! Be good!” to students through the downpour. After walking out of the school to greet her parents, one student said, “A little rain never hurt anyone.”

The King Arts crossing guard directed traffic and said, “Have a good summer!” to students through the rain. Credit: Duncan Agnew

Even with the inclement weather, hugs and congratulations filled the dismissal area around King Arts.

“You’re done with first grade,” one mom told her son as he left school for the last time this year. “I’m so proud of you.”

Less than an hour later, over at Walker Elementary School, the rain had mostly subsided, and students got a chance to sprint out chanting, “End of school! End of school! End of school!”

Many teachers at Walker held flowers and gifts from parents and students, and the students themselves carried goodie bags from the final day and posters from projects they had left in their classrooms during the year.

Elsa Wenzel, the mom of a first and fourth grader at Dewey Elementary School, told the RoundTable that her kids didn’t want the year to end, but they are also relieved to have successfully finished another year of school, especially the first year back in person during the pandemic.

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