It seems this brief sunny moment was blinding to Travis.
Yesterday, Travis had the thought to go around to all of his former teachers, and have them sign his yearbook. He was only missing one (with the exception of the one teacher that is no longer at this school), and he caught up with her this morning and asked her to sign. They all wrote such nice things in his book.
The gym was decorated in such a cute Dr. Seuss theme.
After the 5th graders took their final walk through the hallways (high fiving the younger students along the way), they entered the gym and took their seats.
Here he is, getting his honor roll award.
And here he is getting his moving up certificate.
I love this...Mr. Paschall said something to Travis that made Travis react with some odd crazy look just after I took this picture. I knew it was something teasing from his expression. Turns out, Mr. Paschall said "Go Heels". Hahahaha
The ceremony ended with the entire 5th grade class singing a song, with a solo by a very talented girl in the class who also played her ukelele. The song is Count on Me by Bruno Mars and it was such a cute and appropriate, not too heavy song for a 5th grade ceremony.
Here is a video of the song. The first verse isn't included. Jay was videoing it, and just assumed the girl doing the solo was the only one that was going to sing. Then the entire class joined in, and he started a 2nd video. Oops!
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Here he is with his awards and medals. Notice the citizenship certificate. Travis' peers voted him to receive the citizenship award. This one is my very favorite and nearly made me cry. I always tell Travis when he is telling me about someone being rude, or obnoxious or bragging or gloating about something, to always respond with kindness. That it is more important in life, to have good character and react with kindness, than to stoop to the level of others who are acting poorly, no matter how hard that may be. He must be listening, because this isn't the first time he has gotten the citizenship award. I am so proud of him for this!
Travis and his buddy Holden.
Travis and his buddy Will.
Each year, the 5th grade class takes up a collection to present the school with a class gift. Travis' class paid to have a mural painted in the 5th grade hall of stingrays. His schools mascot is the Stingrays. Some really cool things about this mural. The spots on the stingrays (which would make them spotted eagle rays) were made with the students thumbprints. Every 5th grade student, dipped their thumb in white paint and made a spot. Travis did one on the small stingray above his head. Also, every student wrote their name alongside the Class of 2013. One day, Riley will walk that hall, and see his brother's name. I think that is very very cool!
I love South Topsail Elementary School. Travis has had such a wonderful experience there. Moving to Hampstead so Travis could attend the Topsail schools was certainly one of the best, if not the best, choices we have ever made. Part of the reason I am sad he is going to Middle school, is because he will no longer be at STES. But, we are not done for good. In the fall of 2014, Riley will begin Kindergarten here. And it will all start over again.