[PHOTO STORY] It’s all sunshine and rainbows with Iris’ chalk party

In preparation for the hybrid schedule, faculty members and student leaders tried their hardest to make sure the transition into in-person school is as smooth as can be. On Monday, September 28, Iris Art and Lit club hosted a chalking party as a means of welcoming students to school and reminding them of the school’s social distancing requirements. Words of encouragement like “Welcome back!”, “Love thy neighbor,” and “Eat corn!” decorate the pavement.

Many clubs are struggling to figure out what they’re going to do during the pandemic, but since Iris is a largely student-focused club, they have no problem. “Iris has adjusted pretty easily to distanced learning. So much of our club during the first semester is based on community events, so have had to reconsider how we can do those safely. However, we have been able to come up with creative ways to do so! I think the need for the kind of space our club provides been deepened by the pandemic which just makes us more passionate about finding ways to continue it. ” Iris co-president Addie Morrisette said.

I think the need for the kind of space [Iris] provides been deepened by the pandemic which just makes us more passionate about finding ways to continue it.”

— Iris co-president Addie Morrisette

While Iris is a small club, many students came to enjoy the chalk event on Monday, making many hopscotches for students waiting for their parents to pick them up or those just on their way inside the building. While a majority of the art was pandemic-based, faceless Spongebob characters and life-sized silhouettes also littered the pavement. “I personally loved walking into school and seeing all the chalk decorating the path. I just hope that Iris can be a part of making the school brighter and more welcoming for everyone,” Morrisette said.

Iris Art & Lit club makes an annual magazine of student submitted art released in the fourth quarter.