Sixth-graders from Bellmore’s Shore Road School concluded their elementary careers and prepared to transition to Grand Avenue Middle School during the annual moving up ceremony lat week.
Surrounded by family, friends, Board of Education members, administrators and teachers, the students listened as fellow classmates Regina Erickson, Haleigh Weaver and Sarah Weggeland welcomed guests, reviewed the class history and bid adieu to Shore Road in a farewell address.
Shore Road Class of 2014 as they celebrate the end of primary education and graduate to Grand Avenue Middle School.
Jason Baker and Mateen Kahn presented the class gift. Board of Education President Maryanne Kelly, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, Principal Patrice Matthews and PTA co-presidents Barbara Haimson and Suzanne Kehati also addressed the students.
“Each and every one of you has the knowledge and ability to create your own story with many chapters and to have a tremendous impact on our global world, as well as the people who are around you,” said Matthews. “No matter what your life story will be, your education must be an important part of it. You’ve been given a solid foundation as you continue to add more chapters in middle school and high school. Then, the world is yours to explore, change and influence.”
Graduates from the Shore Road School show off their moving-up certificates
Dr. Famularo added, “You leave here having learned a lot, but have much more to learn ahead. Be willing to keep on learning from your teachers, coaches, parents and friends; maintain a positive attitude and willingness to learn from new experiences; keep that natural spirit of inquiry. Please, don’t ever stop asking why. Keep reading, be helpful, clean your rooms, practice your instruments, be good to each other and keep smiling. Good luck, boys and girls. You will always and forever be our Bellmore stars.”
During the ceremony, the students showcased their musical talents, the sixth-grade band and orchestra performed, and the entire class sang their graduation song, Carrie Underwood’s “Whenever You Remember.”