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Forestville putting wrap on school year

FORESTVILLE – With the school year winding down at Forestville Elementary School, the schedule has been jam-packed, both full of things that have already occurred, with several still in the tank.

Forestville’s Bald for Bucks and Locks of Love programs returned this year, with 22 total participants between the two programs. Elementary School Principal Lindsay Marcinelli said that she is excited that many new students got to experience the event this year, after having a two-year hiatus.

“This is the first time many of our students were able to witness this amazing act of kindness,” said Marcinelli. “We are really hopeful that next year we see a significant increase in participation and donations.”

Forestville Elementary School also saw the return of their Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program this year, which had been a long-standing tradition at the school prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Marcinelli thanked the committee who worked on it, understanding just how much work had to go into it.

“That is an enormous amount of work those teachers do,” said Marcinelli. “Every idea they tried to come up with they tried to make fun and creative. They met at least twice a week after school for at least a month and a half… I’m really thankful for the work they did.”

The Forestville Elementary Chorus and Band concert took place Thursday while Forestville’s Field Day also returned, being run by the Parent Connection on Friday. The UPK Moving Up ceremony will be on Tuesday at 8:45 a.m., kindergarten graduation will be Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., and sixth-grade graduation will be Thursday at 8:30 a.m., with the last three events all being in the High School Auditorium.

The school’s graduation will be June 25 at 2 p.m., back indoors in the auditorium. Grande said that in the future, the location of graduation, whether it be indoors or outdoors, will be left up to the graduating class. “We’ll ask the kids what they want to do,” said Grande. “The only drawback of being outdoors is you really have to pray to the weather gods. But it’ll be indoors this year and we’re expecting a full house.”

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