While River Forest's adults get ready to have their June 17 soiree, numerous village grade school students have weighed in with their own statements, both written and artistic, on what their hometown means to them. The essays and quilts created by both public and parochial school students are on display at the River Forest Public Library.
"River Forest is a great place with 12,000 warm welcoming people," writes Matt W., an eighth-grader at St. Luke School, referring to everyone from Frank Lloyd Wright to the "mafia bigwigs" who used to live in town.
Another St. Luke eighth-grader, Katie T., presents a brief bio of M&M Mars candy company founder Franklin Mars, who lived here the last five years of his life.
With youthful earnestness, first-grader Lauren Printz encapsulated what's best about her village:
"I like River Forest because there are good parks," she states simply in large, legible handwriting. "There are good lawns and flowers. I have good neighbors. That's why I love River Forest."
Victoria M., a third-grader at Lincoln School also likes her neighbors.
"They never yell or scream at each other," she writes, then concedes, "only at recess."
Six quilts created by students in the Roosevelt Middle School are also on display at the library for the next week. Individual students designed one-foot-square pieces of cloth reflecting some unique or historical aspect of River Forest. Roosevelt teacher Stephanie Farruggia then sewed them together into quilt form.
The essays and quilts will be on display in the library until the June 17 Gala, after which time they'll be on display at Dominican University through mid-July.