WILMINGTON — Wedding vows were exchanged recently at East End Elementary School when letters Q and U tied the knot, making it official that they would forever be joined in spelling matrimony.
Kindergarten students, dressed as quarterbacks and queens, filled the East End Wedding Chapel as the letters Q and U proclaimed their undying connection to one another.
Letters A, E, I, O and sometimes Y served as vowel bridesmaids looking on while Q and U exchanged their vows before an officiant who would confirm their union.
Following the ceremony, Q and U were off to a cupcake reception. Students on both sides of the aisle blew bubbles celebrating the union and vowing themselves to always remember that no matter where Q might go, U will be right there behind her.
According to kindergarten teacher Donna Adams, while it may seem a bit out of the ordinary celebrating such an event during the school day, “the wedding of Q and U reinforces the idea that every time we write a word with a Q, we always follow with a U. It’s an engaging, silly, and memorable way to teach students the spelling pattern of QU.”
Working behind the scenes to make certain the ceremony went off without a hitch were the wedding planners: parent Kim Leaming and kindergarten teacher Amanda Wagner, third-grade teacher Brandy Smith and her husband Mr. Smith who played the part of Q and U, and physical education teacher Brad Heys, who served as the officiant
Wilmington Schools Foundation director Chastity Flangian, high school students Sydney and Veronica Ilg, Jessica Haynie and student-teacher Laney Wilson served as vowel bridesmaids.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.