A.F. Palmer Elementary School said goodbye to its 5th-grade class at its annual Moving Up ceremony.
Each student received their diploma from the school while Palmer recognized a number of outstanding students with a range of awards.
Students won awards for perfect attendance, Honor Council, citizenship, Principal’s Awards, Senator Akshar Physical Fitness Award and Student Council. The assembly ended with “A Trip Down Memory Lane,” a slideshow featuring a collage of photos for each student.
“I’m kind of nervous about going to middle school. My sister comes home every day and talks about middle school and all of her teachers,” said fifth grader Alyssa Chase. “I think I’ll miss (teachers) Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Van De Weert the most.”
Fifth grader Thomas Donohue also says he’ll miss his teachers but looks forward to the ones at the Middle School.
“I’m looking forward all of the crafts and stuff you get to do,” said Donohue.
There is also plenty he will miss about Palmer. “My favorites were probably Field Days, concerts and the ABC countdown (for the last 26 days of school),” said Donohue.
The event was also a chance for teachers and staff to say goodbye to the students.
“This is a capable, cooperative and caring group of fifth graders. They are moving on to do great things at the Middle School,” said AF Palmer principal Jamie Bernard.