Cardinals clap for Canfield graduates


By Amanda Tonoli

atonoli@vindy.com

CANFIELD

Canfield graduates took time from their first day of the new segment of their lives to return to where their education began – C.H. Campbell Elementary and Hilltop Elementary schools.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade lined the halls Monday morning to clap and cheer for the graduates’ job well done.

Jeannie Bloomster, C.H. Campbell Elementary School kindergarten teacher, said students were very excited to see the graduates who had once been in their classrooms.

“They were just wide-eyed,” she said.

Travis Lavery, C.H. Campbell Elementary School principal, said the opportunity wasn’t just for the elementary-school students to see their futures.

“It was a great opportunity for them [graduates] to walk through their old hallways and see some of their teachers who worked so hard to get them where they are today,” he said.

“It’s a really amazing thing, and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Graduates lined up, discussing memories on the playground with friends.

Marie Messuri, Canfield graduate, appreciated the differences in the school now in comparison to when she went there.

“It’s fun to see that everything’s changed, and it’s where we grew up,” she said.

Canfield graduates Mason Mangapora and Jennifer McClune said the most-noticeable difference is the size of everything.

“Everyone is so tiny,” McClune said. “Just everything – it’s all so small.”

Former senior class officer Delaney Bresnahan described the clap out as surreal.

“It was weird visualizing myself as a second-grader, and now this is one of the last times I’m ever going to be here,” she said.

Emma Hartshorn, former senior class secretary, said she didn’t expect tears, but when faced with her old stomping grounds, the tears flowed.

“It just made me feel grateful for the memories I had,” she said.

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