By Pamela Stern
On June 21st, PS 346’s auditorium was decorated with blue and white balloons and flowers for the fifth grade graduation. Proud parents and family members held bouquets of flowers and gifts for their children. The fifth graders proceeded into the auditorium with their blue and white caps and gowns, they were smiling proudly as they were welcomed in by a processional by the Spring Creek Youth Symphony. These boys and girls were ready to say goodbye to elementary school and are looking forward to middle school.
The ceremony started off with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the students, teachers, administrators and parents who all joined in to sing the Star Spangled Banner.
Principal, Kevin Caifa welcomed all of the visitors to the school and spoke to the students about what the future holds for them.
The students sang a song called “Thunder” and then Assistant Prin-cipal, Dr. Vafiadi and Mrs. Blkaran presented a series of awards to the students. Awards that were given; Triple “C” Awards, Paul Mendelson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Academic Leadership, Perfect Attendance Awards, Achievement Awards, and Student Advancement Awards.
Both the class Salutatorian and Valedictorian recited speeches to their classmates about reaching for the stars and what the future holds for them.
There was a presentation of flowers to the PTA from Parent Coordinator, Ms. Onika Hawker. Three members of the PTA thanked everyone. Ms. Hawker, Parent Coordinator was also given flowers for all of her hard work.
Students, faculty, and family were treated to the wonderful sounds from the Spring Creek Youth Symphony before the presentation of the diplomas. Principal Caifa and Guidance Counselor, Mr. Vertus presented the diplomas to the students. After all of the students received their diplomas, Dr. Vafiadi then told them that it is time for the Moving of the Tassel. The students were ecstatic to move their tassels from one side of their caps to the other which signifies that they are now graduates.
Photos by Pamela Stern