Chesterfield County's last day of school celebrations

Margaret Minnicks
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Most schools are out for the summer. Students, teachers, and staff have worked hard all year. Now they will have a break before doing it all over again when they return to school in the fall.

Chesterfield County Public Schools is the largest school district in Central Virginia. The elementary schools celebrated in unusual ways. Some of the celebrations were traditions.

Woolridge Elementary School

Children from Woolridge Elementary School were literally splashed with water, and it wasn't raining. When they met their parents and younger siblings at the bus stop on the last day of school, everybody got splashed.

One mother had prepared in advance for the celebration. Kathi McCausland said:

“My son actually wanted to ride the bus home today because of this tradition. I went to Target yesterday to stock up on water balloons and squirt guns.”

Bettie Weaver Elementary School

At Bettie Weaver Elementary School, faculty and staff hosted a dance party for all 600 students outside.

Principal Robin Riley said.

“The kids love it. It's one of the very special things we do on the last day,”

Each grade level at Bettie Weaver wore a different color t-shirt and participated in a flash-mob style choreographed dance to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang.
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Riley said:

“It's a nice way to come together as a community. The kids love seeing each other. It's really special for our fifth graders. Some of them have been doing this since they were in kindergarten.”

Old Hundred Elementary School

At Old Hundred Elementary School, fifth graders marched in the hallways during their “Last Day Parade.” Younger students joined teachers and staff members in seeing them off to middle school with chants of “Let’s go, fifth grade!”

Curtis Elementary School

The tradition at Curtis Elementary continued with the dismissal of all grade levels except the fifth grade. Those students got to be the last to leave through a “human tunnel” of staff members cheering for them in their next academic stage.

Enjoy your summer, Chesterfield students before you return to school in the fall.

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