One of the final things you may have lost due to the pandemic makes a triumphant return to Red Barn Park on Washington Island on June 2nd. For the first time since 2019, the Washington Island Community Health Program will host its annual End of Year School Picnic, complete with a potluck dinner and free rides for students on the Cherry Train. It is just one of the many unique traditions centered on Washington Island School’s graduation classes. Earlier this week, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethel Church, and Stella Maris Parish honored the Class of 2023 with a special High School Baccalaureate service. When the five graduating seniors attend their graduation ceremony, they not only receive their diploma but also a personalized quilt crafted by community members that are followed by a dinner and celebration in the community gym. Washington Island Community Health Program Director Christine Andersen says the picnic is just another example of the intergenerational connection the island’s residents have with their students.
The End of the School Year Picnic runs from 12:15 to 2 p.m. at Red Barn Park. The community is invited, but you are asked to bring a dish to pass.
Picture courtesy of Washington Island School