Superhero Day at Rideout Elementary

WILTON – Every per­son has some special skill or talent, and the new Odyssey Enrich­ment Program at Flor­ence Rideout Elemen­tary School is designed to help each student dis­cover and develop that talent.

Principal Tim O’Connell, disguised as the superhero "Captain O" – who looked a lot like Captain America – led the opening assem­bly in the school gym on Oct. 23.

To focus on each per­son’s interests, a selec­tion of "everyday heroes" was invited to speak to the students about their professions. Each local hero was provided with a cape.

Among the speakers were the police chiefs of Wilton and Lynde­borough, Wilton Fire Capt. Joe Torre, librar­ian Pat Fickett, school nurse Diana Zoltko, high school Principal Brian Bagley, and representa­tives of the school’s PTO and Boys & Girls Club of Milford, which many students attend after school.

Each speaker was asked to discuss his or her profession, what skills are needed and any difficulties over­come. Students were asked why each occupa­tion was important to the community.