Kenilworth, Community

Sears families party to usher in school year

Joseph Sears students, parents and educators shook off any back-to-school jitters at the annual Family Fun Day Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The longstanding tradition is put on by the Joseph Sears School Parents’ Volunteer Association, and group president Lydia Mathas said the event is a good vehicle for community building as the school year gets underway.

Caterina R. climbs through an inflatable obstacle course during the event.

After a half-day first day, the Family Fun Day, co-chaired by Jamie Filipovic and Julia Byleyakova, featured indoor and outdoor activities that included a carnival ride, inflatable obstacle courses, a DJ, games and summer treats.

This school year is particularly special for the Joseph Sears community. On the first day of school, the building’s new facilities were unveiled following a $25-million renovation project that includes a 13,00-square-foot addition, new library and tech center, and plenty more.

The improvements arrive just in time for Joseph Sears’ 125th school year. The community will celebrate with a special homecoming from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the new Ivy Court entrance in the rear of the school.

Frankie O’Connor, 4, of Kenilworth, with his balloon creation at the fest.

The event is another product of the school’s parent volunteer group, which consists of 14 board members and more than 60 sub-committee volunteers. The homecoming will feature a tour of the new addition, rededication ceremony, presentation of the school’s strategic plan, induction of alumni Hall of Honor members, kickball and more.

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