Brookwood Elementary School bustled with activity Friday as pupils held graduation ceremonies and took part in a talent show to celebrate the last day of the school year.
As a feeder school to Columbia and Grovetown middle schools, some Brookwood Elementary fifth-graders seemed a bit sad at the thought of saying goodbye.
“I’m nervous about it,” said fifth-grader Larry Harper, who will attend Columbia Middle starting in August. “But I’ve got all their (his friends’) phone numbers, so I can keep in touch.”
Isaiah Curry, 12, said he looked forward to attending Columbia Middle next school year, but still sad to start his summer vacation.
“I’m going to miss homework,” he said.
Charlee Vaughan, a fourth-grader, said she will miss her friends and teachers during the summer. To remember them, she created her own yearbook and roamed the hallways of Brookwood Friday morning getting signatures.
Still, the 9-year-old said she’s ready for fifth grade.
“I want to make some new friends and meet my new teachers,” she said.
Charlee also will meet a new administrator next school year as Brookwood Elementary Principal Brenda Jones celebrated her final days of school.
After a more than 40-year career, Jones is retiring. Her final day is Wednesday.
During an afternoon talent show, pupils and faculty planned to present Jones with a painting to better remember them.
Each branch of the gold and brown tree in the painting, sitting atop a grassy mound with a purple sky as a backdrop, represented the school’s grade levels, said Brookwood art teacher Deborah Sailors.
After creating a smaller version of the large painting, Sailors said she gave each member of the Brookwood staff a section to paint. On the painting were about 600 leaves made by pupils and inscribed with their names.
“Mrs. Jones always has been such a big supporter of the arts and arts education,” Sailors said. “We wanted to do something arts oriented to honor her.”