Happy return

The man for whom Sorrick School is named returned last month to North Palos School District 117 for a series of assemblies that stressed literacy while giving the students a personal account of the life of Ken Sorrick’s family pet and therapy dog, Ripley.

Sorrick spent eight years as superintendent in District 117 before retiring in June 2011. He returned Sept. 28 with his wife, Margo, and the couple’s Bernese mountain dog, which works with Margo as a therapy dog that visits children in hospitals and orphanages in Illinois.

Sorrick related how Ripley had to attend school and pass tests, and how she loves to make new friends and play.