By Rosemary Leonetti.
Each elementary school in the Lynbrook School District prepared a special sendoff for its upperclassmen as they prepared to move up the Lynbrook ladder of success.
At Marion Street Elementary, the entire school gathered at the Marion Street field to give their fifth-graders a memorable sendoff. In a time-honored tradition, the fifth-graders filed out of their seats as the underclassmen moved up to symbolize their passage to the next grade.
“Remember to learn, play, show generosity, enjoy each other’s company, stand together and make good choices,” said Principal Theresa Macchia.
After viewing a slide show presentation of grade five memories, West End students proudly crossed the stage to receive their certificates of promotion. Then they turned to face the audience to sing a special song they had written, titled “These Special Things.”
In her parting words to her students, Principal Alison Puliatte praised the fifth-grade Class of 2013 for the kindness, compassion, empathy and respect they had shown.
“Over the past few years, I have enjoyed watching you grow and mature,” she said. “Always be proud of your unique strengths and progress. I look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments.”
The theme of the Waverly Park fifth-grade graduation was “Believe.” Dressed in their best, the proud graduates recited an original creative poem and also read their “Last Will and Testament,” each bequeathing a special memory to their school. They concluded their ceremony with a slide show cataloging their final year at Waverly Park as they sang “Gone, Gone, Gone.”