By TIM CLEVELAND
The end of each school year means students move from one school to another. On June 5, Union Elementary School hosted a recognition dinner for its fourth-grade students, who will be moving on to McKinley Middle School at the start of the next school year.
Sixty-four fourth-graders among Union’s 300 student body were honored at the dinner.
“It honors our students who are leaving our building after five years in most cases,’ Union principal Mike Masucci said. “Regardless of whether or not a child came here in third grade or fourth grade, tonight’s special because it closes one chapter of their young lives and begins another one as they head off to McKinley Middle School in the fall. It’s a very nice way to send them off and let them know how much we’ve appreciated them over the years.”
In addition to the dinner, catered by the Elm Tree Catering of Struthers, which consisted of rigatoni and meatballs, chicken, potatoes and cake, there were other activities.
“With the guidance of our fourth-grade teachers, they sing a variety of songs, then are presented with certificates of completion and then we enjoy dinner with their parents. We watch a little video the kids created,” Masucci said.
One of the fourth-graders who was honored was Andrew Biggs. He said he will miss attending Union.
“I really do like this school. I really like my teachers. I’m really happy to be here,” he said. “I’m feeling nervous and excited [about attending McKinley next school year]. I’m excited for the new things that I’m going to do, the new friends I’m going to make. I’m worried because there’s going to be a really big change.”
Masucci said he has many fine memories of the fourth-graders and their time attending Union Elementary.
“This is a very wonderful group of children,” he said. “As fourth-graders, they really are the leaders of our students. They’ve been wonderful stewards of good behavior and set wonderful examples for the younger ones. While it’s sad to see them go, I know bigger and better things are ahead of them.”