Second-Graders Celebrate Moving Up

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Second-grade students at Cherry Lane School were recognized during a special moving up ceremony on June 25. Parents, family members and friends gathered to celebrate the students’ accomplishments and wish them well as they move up to Rushmore Avenue this fall.

Marilyn Manfredi, principal of Cherry Lane, addressed the students, speaking about teamwork. “You were a team when you came into Cherry Lane as kindergarten students,” she said. “Now, you’re a team of second-grade students moving up to Rushmore Avenue. You hold responsibilities to be kind, to share, and to let others know that they’re doing the best they can. Together, you can accomplish such wonderful things!”

The second-grade chorus entertained the crowd with a lively medley of songs from “Oliver!” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” led by vocal music teacher Audrey Crawford. The students delivered a flawless performance to the delight of all in the crowd.

Following the choral performance, Superintendent of Schools David Flatley offered words of wisdom to the family members in attendance. “Don’t blink. These next few years will fly by,” he said. “Join us and enjoy the growth.”

The second-grade violin ensemble showcased their skills, honed from many mornings of rehearsal prior to the start of the school day.

The teachers presented their students to the lively applause from the crowd, officially marking their transition to third grade. To conclude the ceremony, the students sang “Moving On,” a tradition at Cherry Lane for the past 24 years. Drawing tears of pride from the crowd, the children sang, “We want to thank you for all the love and the care that you’ve given us each day. With your guidance and help, you’ve showed us all the way.”