Yorkville School District 115 dove back to school with a celebration at Raging Waves Friday, Aug. 9.
The first Back to School Splash, sponsored by the district's Parent Teacher Organizations, gathered more than 1,800 Yorkville students, parents and teachers together at the Yorkville water park to celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
Students return to class Aug. 13.
"This is the first of it's kind for the district," said Wendy Peterson, vice president of Autumn Creek Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Organization and event coordinator.
The purpose of Friday's celebration, Peterson said, was to "welcome all the kids back to school this year and generate some excitement for them to all come back."
The celebration, in addition to giving families the chance to swim and relax, featured raffle drawings, henna tattoos, balloon art and a visit from Superintendent Dr. Timothy Shimp, who snapped a selfie with the crowd of students and families from atop the stage.
"You know what's in four days?, " Shimp asked students. "It's back to school!"
In addition to the celebration, participants also brought in 320 items donated to the Kendall County Food Pantry.