- Sponsorship -

‘Middle school’s gonna love you’

Promotion parade sends Wealthy Wizards to middle school

As each vehicle passed beneath an archway of braided blue-and-gold foam pool floaties festooned with balloons, the Wealthy School fifth graders inside them, or whose heads appeared through sunroofs, became middle schoolers to-be.

Thursday’s promotion parade was held in both parking lots of the school in lieu of the traditional, schoolwide, high-five-laden “walk of fame” in which fifth graders are guests of honor at the end of the school year. Lakeside and Breton Downs elementary schools held similar events.

Teachers cheered and shook pompoms to music as each vehicle went by, while Principal Carlye Allen called to each one by name and shouted words of encouragement. 

“Middle school’s gonna love you, Orli!” Allen shouted from a safe distance.

Said art teacher Peri den Dulk: “These are kids I have had since kindergarten. I’m just missing the contact with them. I’m so glad to see them all one more time.”

Read about more school parades in Sparta and Godwin Heights

From left: Emily Bishop, fifth grade reading interventionist, first grade teacher Ashley Frayer and Principal Carlye Allen dedicate a dance to the Class of 2027

- Sponsorship -
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

LATEST ARTICLES

Longtime volunteer does whatever’s needed for school: ‘I love being here’

A 24-year parent and grandparent volunteer tends to student and family needs at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy...

Lessons from a pandemic: ‘agile learners’ need ‘agile adults’

Reflecting on the end of fall semester and 2020, Superintendent Dedrick Martin sat down with School News Network to discuss how Caledonia adapted to school closures, virtual learning and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic...

It’s all about getting students back to classrooms, Supt. Shibler says of the vaccine

Superintendent Michael Shibler hopes the more people get vaccinated, the closer we are to the end of the pandemic...

Young constitutional scholars view current events, politics through historical lens

East Grand Rapids and East Kentwood high school We the People team members have qualified for the national competition, becoming well versed in civics and critical thinking along the way...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

Young constitutional scholars view current events, politics through historical lens

East Grand Rapids and East Kentwood high school We the People team members have qualified for the national competition, becoming well versed in civics and critical thinking along the way...

Letters to a tribal cousin show understanding of indigenous peoples

Teacher Brett Scheidel has assigned the activity for at least a decade...

‘Soul of Northview’ Says Students Are the Reward

Ted Burba, a longtime and beloved teacher for Northview Public Schools who retired this fall, died early this week after a long illness. In tribute to his lasting legacy, School News Network republishes this profile of Mr. Burba that originally ran in 2016 to honor his 50th year of teaching...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS