Hilltop fourth-graders celebrate with picnic

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.On June 1, a group of Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students played basketball on the playground during the school’s annual Fourth Grade Picnic.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students played on the playground as they celebrated the end of their time at the school at the annual Fourth Grade Picnic.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students enjoyed a pizza lunch during the school’s annual Fourth Grade Picnic on June 1.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students celebrated the end of their time at the school with a Fourth Grade Picnic and day of fun on June 1.

The day is meant as a festive send-off to the fourth-graders as they leave Hilltop and enter Canfield Village Middle School in the fall.

To start their day, students went outside to participate in a field day, playing several games.

The students then gathered in the gym to watch a video of themselves, set to music, which consisted of hundreds of photos of the students from their kindergarten year at Hilltop to their fourth-grade year.

Lunch, which consisted of pizza, watermelon, chips and water, was provided for the students by the PTO and parents of the fourth-grade students. A special lunch was also provided for the fourth-grade teachers.

The students enjoyed a dance party with a disc jockey outside throughout the afternoon. The students also enjoyed dancing with their teachers.

As a treat for their special day, the Kona Ice truck arrived at the school and served Hawaiian ice to all the students.

Also provided for the students as a way to remember this special day, was a photo booth where they could have their pictures taken with their friends, props and all.

At the end of the day, the students were presented with Canfield Cardinals cinch bags and were given a DVD of the fourth-grade video on the last day of school, all courtesy of the PTO.

Several PTO members volunteered to help with the activities throughout the day, with Melinda Rappach serving as the Fourth Grade Picnic chair.

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