Students say 'So long' to school, look forward to fun-filled summer Youngsters rejoice as vacation starts

June 25, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Sunshine beckoned to Carroll County's youngsters yesterday, promising them visits to the beach and the luxury of having nothing to do.

School, finally, was out.

"This is the happiest day of my life," yelled a Mechanicsville Elementary third-grader, as his class returned from a brief recess. "We get our report cards and then we get to go home!"

Countywide, students were looking forward to trips to Ocean City, or Nags Head, S.C., or Cascade Lake, the local beach.

"I'm going to go to places that I haven't been to for a while," said Mechanicsville Elementary second-grader Jonathan Pantolfini. "It's been a long year learning lots of new things. Next year, I'll be glad to come back and learn new things."

Many of Mount Airy Elementary's fifth-grade graduates were happy to get out of school and to leave the long, hot awards ceremony they attended yesterday.

"They sure gave out enough awards," said 11-year-old Brett Smagalo of the outdoor ceremony. "Then we got to play some good music."

The students will attend Mount Airy Middle School up the hill next year.

Brett said he was looking forward to "getting to meet people from other counties and meeting new friends. It will be pretty nice."

"I wish I could stay another year and meet the new principal," he said.

"Yeah, I feel bad for the principal," said 11-year-old Teddy York, referring to retiring principal Althea Miller. "She's been here so long and everybody liked her, and now she's just leaving."

But for some kids and teachers, the day brought a twinge of melancholy.

"I'm kind of sad," said Mechanicsville second-grader Megan Mullins. "I have nothing to do in the summer."

Others, like the Mount Airy Elementary students being transferred to Winfield Elementary next year, were thinking ahead to September.

Seven-year-old Melissa Shearer -- a Mount Airy Elementary first-grader -- seemed eager but reserved about starting the new year in a different school.

"It'll be fun, but not really fun," she said, ticking off the names of classmates who also will attend Winfield Elementary next year.

Her friend Tommy Geary, also 7, was less ambivalent.

"I like this school better because its bigger," he said.

Transferring teachers also had mixed emotions. Linda Taggert, who has spent her 22-year teaching career with Mount Airy Elementary second-graders, will teach first grade at Winfield next year.

"I'm excited about the transfer, but it is sad at the same time," she said.

Ms. Taggert, of Winfield, has taught many students in the same family, including two sets of mothers and daughters. She said she's looking forward to contributing to the community where she lives.

But she said she intends to keep in touch with her Mount Airy students by selling tickets at the annual Lions Club carnival.

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