GREEN  The annual Celebration of Education was another huge success with a few new additions.

The event kicked off with a pancake breakfast and coffee bar, which was something new. The event featured a little of something for everyone. Student’s artwork was displayed throughout the two gyms along with a Scholastic Book Fair and Soap Box Derby races.

Children had to opportunity to enjoy inflatables throughout the day.

Green Schools Foundation President Mark Herdlick said the goal of the event has always been to bring the schools, community and businesses together. He said this year almost 40 businesses took part, and he called those businesses great partners.

Performances throughout the day included the third grade musical, fourth grade choir, Green Middle School Jazz Band, Green High School Vocal Ensemble and Greenwood’s Got Talent. 

Herdlick said he received a lot of positive feedback, adding that the kids had a lot of fun. He said it was great to have a positive event after a week that including so much bad news relating to school shootings.

"It is great to get the community into the schools and see what the students are doing," Herdlick said.

Those in attendance also had a chance to check out several city of Green tables to learn more about the Fire Department, City Council and the NEXUS gas pipeline route. Those working to put the NEXUS settlement on the ballot were also collecting signatures for the referendum underway.

"I thought the event was a great way for the community (children to senior citizens) to come together and celebrate the many positives happening in Green by highlighting the great learning taking place," Green Local Schools Superintendent Jeff Miller said. "The performances by our students were extremely well done and showcased the efforts of our staff and talent of our students."

Miller also said the event was an action packed day and extremely well attended.

"I'd like to thank the Green Schools Foundation for the dedication and time that they donated to put this outstanding event together," Miller said. "We appreciate and value our corporate sponsors and community business partners, without them this event would not be possible."

The community also had a chance during the event to provide some feedback for future connectivity in the city. Large boards were set up for people to place stickers on where they would like to be able to walk or bike to.

Green Community Development Administrator Sarah Haring said people are engaged and want to see a lot of connections happen. A lot of the places residents want to be able to get to are the city parks. She also said a lot of people would like to see a path along the railroad line that runs on the east side of Green, but she said that would be difficult because the city doesn’t own that land.

Herdlick said the event is a great fundraiser for the Green Schools Foundation and that it turned out well.