Hough Street School Hosts Memorable Community Scavenger Hunt

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About 50 families participated in a Village of Barrington community scavenger hunt hosted by the Hough Street Elementary school Parent Teacher Organization. Students were challenged to solve riddles and snap photos of specific sights around town. Local businesses like Catlow Theater & Ice Cream Social participated by hosting challenges, opening early and serving treats. We LOVE how many smiles we see in the photos parents shared with us today!

Scavenger Hunt challenges included finding a street with a One Way Sign. Unscrambling a jumbled phrase on the Catlow Theater Marquee and answering questions about Barrington history. Hough Street School PTO President, Jennifer Hopwood says it was all done in the name of fun + school & community spirit!!!

“The Hough Street School Around-the-Town scavenger hunt was planned while Hough students were primarily learning virtually from home. For the most part, Hough families live, study and play in close proximity to one another in Barrington’s downtown so we wanted to offer an active way to reconnect our school community using downtown as the backdrop. We’ve never really been separated in the way that Covid-19 suddenly forced us to keep our distance, and our families have really missed seeing each other.

Safely distanced, it was exciting to be able to cross paths while focused on the same goals – the scavenger hunt questions, of course, but also community and friendship-building. Several of the answers were focused on the downtown restaurants, shops and institutions that drew us to choose homes in the Village.

Around fifty families registered, which is a fantastic turn out for our fun-sized school! We hope families will remember this afternoon with joy as a moment to think more about Barrington, get out in the snow together and reconnect, even if it was just with an enthusiastic wave or a helpful hint shouted across the street.”

 -PTO President, Jennifer Hopwood               

About Hough Street School

Hough Street School is one of eight elementary schools in the Barrington 220 School District, serving grades K-5. The original Hough Street School, known as South Side School, opened its doors in 1855, making it the oldest school in the Barrington 220 School District. The old frame schoolhouse stood in the exact spot of the current Hough Street School playground. In 1905 a new building was constructed on Hough Street and it became the original home of Barrington High School, until BHS moved to its current location on Main Street in 1949. Located in the heart of downtown Barrington, the current Hough building was built in 1967 and it is a prominent feature in Barrington’s local history. Click here to learn more about Hough Street School Principal, Zach Ernst. Visit Barrington220.org. to learn more about the Barrington 220 Community Unit School District which educates about 9,000 students from Lake, Cook, McHenry & Kane counties in grades PreK-12. 

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