Teachers dismissed their students for the last time of the school year at Cranberry Station Elementary School with bubbles and hugs.

The students celebrated the start of their summer vacation with bubbles floating around them as they made their way to their buses — some smiling and laughing, others frowning and crying.

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Century High School students raise their voices in celebration of summer on last day of school

Colton Hopwood was ready to finish out the school year strong when Century High School let out for the summer Tuesday — with strong vocals, that is.

One student, Nick Park, kept repeating the words “it’s too hard” as he made his way to his bus.

When asked what was so hard, Nick said, “Just leaving my friends.” But, he added, “At least I live by one of them.”

Student Aaliyah Johnson, meanwhile, ran out the main doors yelling “bubbles” as she headed to her bus.

Fifth-grader Gracie Windsor is going to miss Oakley, a bird that hangs around the school.

“This will be my last time seeing him,” Gracie said. “Every once in a while, he’ll come to my house. I’m a very big bird fan, and I’m a bird watcher. I have four bird feeders at my house. You can tell I’m sad.”

Fifth-grader Gracie Windsor looks fondly in the direction of a sparrow she named Oakley, perched on the roof of the building, on the last day of the school year at Cranberry Station Elementary School.
Fifth-grader Gracie Windsor looks fondly in the direction of a sparrow she named Oakley, perched on the roof of the building, on the last day of the school year at Cranberry Station Elementary School. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

Before leaving her last day as a fifth-grader, Gracie made sure to say goodbye to her winged friend.

It wasn’t just a bittersweet day for the students, but the faculty as well.

“It’s exciting to have summer and some time off, but it’s also sad watching the kids leave. But luckily I get them all back next year because I teach them throughout all the grades,” said Meghan Grimm, an art teacher for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. “I will miss my team, my staff, and I’m going to miss my fifth-graders that are going off to middle school.”

Oh, the places you'll go: Eighth-graders say farewell, look ahead in Shiloh Middle School assembly

Eighth-graders said farewell to peers and teachers on the last day of school at Shiloh Middle School on Tuesday.

“Today was a very successful day,” Principal Joseph Dorsey said. “It’s been a terrific year, looking forward to next year.”

According to Dorsey, earlier in the day, the school held a fifth-grade farewell assembly where every fifth-grader received a medal.

“It’s an opportunity to recognize students who have received awards over the course of the year and to present every fifth-grade student with their certificate of completing elementary school,” Dorsey said.

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