Second-graders at Wellington Elementary School help with chimps’ gifts

Jan 17, 2018
  • By Sy O'Neill
  • Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Ruthann Retterbush’s second-grade class at Wellington Elementary recently participated in Lion Country Safari’s Christmas with the Chimps program. The children wrapped boxes that were filled with treats to provide environmental enrichment for the chimps. Students watched the chimps open and investigate their gifts via a virtual field trip.

SUNCOAST HIGH

The school is partnering with Southeast Honor Flight to offer a Virtual Honor Flight for veteran on Saturday. The veteran roster includes 25 World War II veterans, 24 Korean War veterans and a Vietnam veteran. Student videographers traveled to Washington, D.C. last year on an Honor Flight and captured the day on video to create a virtual experience of visiting the memorials from a veteran’s perspective. The public is invited to the veterans welcoming reception in the courtyard outside the main school entrance gate. A 2:45 p.m. arrival is suggested for those wishing to greet the veterans after their program concludes in the auditorium. Parking will be available at designated blue lots at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, 1501 Avenue U, and at JFK Middle School at 1902 Avenue S. See www.honorflightsefl.org for parking map. School District Police will be monitoring these parking lots.

BRIEFLY

The school district will observe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Feb. 2 and encourages businesses and organizations throughout the county to show students how their classroom lessons apply in the workplace. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade may participate.

Nine more elementary schools from Palm Beach County have been awarded the United States Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge Award: Belle Glade Elementary, Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary, Golden Grove Elementary, Jupiter Elementary, New Horizons Elementary and Pine Jog Elementary, silver; Del Prado Elementary, Discovery Key Elementary and Sunset Palms Elementary, bronze.

These schools will receive a HealthierUS School Challenge Award banner for display and will be presented with a plaque signed by Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Schools will receive $500 for achieving bronze level and $1,000 for achieving silver, to spend on nutrition, wellness or garden-related items for their school.