No more pen­cils, no more books

Charles County schools out for the sum­mer

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By CERONE WHITE cwhite@somd­news.com

Af­ter months of an­tic­i­pa­tion last Fri­day, Wil­liam A. Diggs El­e­men­tary stu­dents were ready and one by one they took their fi­nal walk through the school cor­ri­dors with smiles af­fixed on their faces.

Some waved good­bye to their friends, while oth­ers cried and hugged their teach­ers as they par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual “Clap Out” rit­ual.

“To­day is re­ally ex­cit­ing for me. I’m ex­cited to get to the next grade but I’m a lit­tle ner­vous as well. But I know it’s go­ing to be a hard but I do be­lieve I have what it takes to make it,” said stu­dent Te­gan Boyd.

Smiles were on ev­ery­one’s faces from the

youngest stu­dent to Prin­ci­pal De­bra L. Calvert whose love and pas­sion for her job as the newly ap­pointed prin­ci­pal has trick­led down to stu­dents and staff.

Calvert im­plored stu­dents to see this change as some­thing pos­i­tive where they will grow and meet new peo­ple. She re­minded the stu­dents that the bonds formed at the school will never be bro­ken. Ac­cord­ing to Calvert, most stu­dents will ei­ther go to Theodore G. Davis or Matthew Hen­son mid­dle schools, which are feeder schools from Diggs El­e­men­tary.

Calvert said in­clu­sion is im­por­tant at Diggs and no stu­dent is left out of any ac­tiv­ity.

“Our school is an in­clu­sion school ... and these chil­dren are in­cluded in the class­room when we have these pro­grams. We in­clude every­body,” Calvert said.

On the last day of school, stu­dents boarded buses by or­der of grade. As the buses ex­ited the school’s park­ing lot, fac­ulty mem­bers, in­clud­ing the school’s mas­cot the Hawk, waived good­bye to the stu­dents. For those who didn’t travel by bus, the school in­sti­tuted a car rider line where stu­dents await their des­ig­nated driv­ers to pick them up.

“It’s won­der­ful to see stu­dents get­ting older and to see them go on to the next grade level, but it also pulls at your heart strings. We build strong re­la­tion­ship bonds and we’re go­ing to miss them im­mensely,” Cindy Wil­son, an in­struc­tional as­sis­tant, said.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY CERONE WHITE

Stu­dents say good­bye be­fore de­part­ing to their in­di­vid­ual buses.

Group of male stu­dents hud­dled in the school au­di­to­rium one last time be­fore say­ing good­bye.

First grade teach­ers ex­cited about the last day of school from left Kim Bean, Lau­ren Wash­ing­ton, Cindy Pryor, Danielle Cous­in­cau, Jenny More­land and April Moore.

Prin­ci­pal De­bra Calvert con­soles a stu­dent as she makes her way out to the park­ing lot to board the school bus.

Stu­dents hugged and cried as they par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual Clap Out rit­ual.

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