BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Fifth-graders at Bronxville Elementary School celebrated one of many milestones in their academic careers during a moving-up ceremony on June 23.
Principal Tricia Murray said the moving up ceremony was a celebration of the students' achievements and successes throughout their time in the elementary school. She said that they're ready to embark on an exciting new journey, as they move up to middle school.
Murray also reflected on an inquiry project the students completed this year. The project encouraged them to work collaboratively, think critically and research a topic, in order to take social action and make a difference.
Some of the results included a public service announcement to ask for donations for homeless veterans, a campaign to reduce garbage produced in the cafeteria, a website to raise awareness about animal abuse, a letter to the president about environmental issues, and donations of blankets and toys to local animal shelters.
"The students didn't just do the project to get it done, this group of students took what they learned and applied it to the world in many different contexts," she said. "That's why I am proud of them. They took on complex topics and thought critically about them, and most of all, they made a contribution to their community."
Murray advised her students to continue to be respectful and responsible and to always remember that their actions count.
"I know I can speak for everyone here when I say we are proud of you," she continued. "Congratulations, and we wish you the best of luck."
Before the students were called up, one by one, to receive their certificates, fifth-grade student representatives dedicated a piece of artwork to the school. Each student had drawn a picture of a vase with their nondominant hand, to convey that something can be beautiful even if it's not perfect, as long as they try their best.
Students, friends and family can also reminisce about memories made by the Class of 2023 with an online slideshow video, here.