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Eileen JoyceKindergartner McClaren Unholz holds up the hem of her dress as she walks around the playground at Chicago Park School Friday.
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It was all knights, armor and Robin Hood at Chicago Park School Friday, as students participated in the school’s first Renaissance Day.

More than 100 students paraded on the school grounds dressed up in clothing reminiscent of the days of the Renaissance, all in an effort to learn about the old days while having fun.



Kelsey Lumbard wore the dress she wears playing Titania in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at school. “It’s the only (Renaissance) dress I could find,” said the 13 year old. “It’s kind of forest-y.”




Jake Drummond, 7, came as a knight in his plastic helmet, chest protector and shield, while first-grader Jeremiah Barlow appeared as Robin Hood.

Robin Hood “can shoot three bow and arrows at one time,” Barlow said.

The kindergarten-first grade class included at least 10 Robin Hoods, kindergarten teacher Diane Bryant said.

“He’s such a good guy,” said Bryant, holding several green paper hats.

The class of 23 also included several princes and princesses, some knights, one gladiator and one dragon, she said.

The sixth and seventh graders who are studying the Renaissance this year helped put the event together under the guidance of their teacher, Barbara Dean, who teaches world history.

Dean said she first thought of putting on a Renaissance Day after taking her students to a Renaissance Day in Vacaville last year.

Dean said her junior high school-age students need more than studying from books. They are squirrely, she said. They want to find out who they are and do not want to follow the usual routine.

Students also participated in face painting, watched fencing and hair braiding demonstrations, and watched two plays, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and more.

Chicago Park has 118 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade.


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