Chatham High School celebrated its Arbor Day on May 31. Among the day’s events was a tree planting ceremony held near our school’s Geologic Park. This year’s tree will be planted at Crellin Park in honor of retiring special education teacher Diane Busa. Student Government secretary Brendan Ooms gave remarks for the dedication, as did Mrs. Busa. Also speaking at the ceremony was assistant principal Eric Padandrea, who will being saying goodbye to Chatham at the end of this school year as well after accepting a principal position with another school district. Following Arbor Day tradition, the Class of 2019 handed down the school’s time capsule to the freshman class for safekeeping and the sophomore class officially unveiled their class colors. To close the ceremony, the senior class and faculty passed by the tree to give it a ceremonial scoop of dirt before heading indoors.
In the afternoon, the senior class headed to Crellin Park for their annual Senior Picnic. Other Arbor Day events included a school-wide academic honors ceremony, a student talent show, and activities like kickball, KanJam, dodgeball, scooter races, movies, and video games.