Many decked out vehicles lined the front area of Chesterfield Elementary and wrapped around the building as the school honored fifth-graders moving on to middle school May 20.
Parents and their soon-to-be sixth-graders gathered outside to thank and say goodbye to their teachers and principals.
"It feels like a big step from fifth grade to sixth grade," said student Wiley Keel. “I will have to get used to switching classes every hour.”
“This is incredible,” said Wiley’s mother, Kelly. “It’s an honor to be here with him and celebrate his graduation. It’s a lot of fun.”
Student Alexis Sandberg reflected on her years at Chesterfield Elementary and said she is ready to attend Rockwood Valley Middle in the fall.
“I will definitely miss the teachers, and I will miss being with my classmates and the environment of Chesterfield,” said Sandberg. “I will come back and visit when my sister is here.”
While socially distanced, teachers and staff waved and extended well wishes to the Class of 2020. Students picked up awards and certificates and other items, including graduation pins, balloons and yearbooks.
“I’m so proud of the students,” said Principal Dr. Meg Brooks. “They showed their independence, and I feel they are ready for middle school. They will be missed. I also want to send a big ‘thank you’ to our parents.”