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.
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.”
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.”
“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.