More to the Story with Staley: Clifton Hills Graduation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — It’s that time of the season when seniors are graduating from high school!

But they’re not the only ones moving on to the next level.

It’s not a high school graduation. There are no caps. No gowns. But it’s an extremely important ceremony for everybody here at Clifton Hills Elementary- especially for 115 students.

“We make a big deal about it,” Principal Lindsay Starnes said. “It’s something the kids really get excited about. They’ve worked hard. It’s a celebration for them. As well as the families.”

Yes indeed, 115 youngsters graduating from fifth grade. Clifton Hills is doing what many other elementary schools are now doing. Officially honoring the kids, as they move up to the next level.

“It’s very important for our kids. This is the day we’ve built up for them all year long,” said music teacher Ellen Leamon. “They’ve watched others have their moment….and now, this is the next step.”

Each and every child is recognized. They even have a class song- just like a senior class would.

News 12’s own Emily Cassulo was the pianist for the tune. We keep it in the family.

If nothing else, it gives these kids a dry run as to what they’ll experience in just a few years in high school!

“This gives them a taste of what’s to come,” Starnes said. “It keeps them working towards their next goals. We want them all to graduate when they become seniors.”

The kids, like all the others, now move to various sixth grade schools. Knowing that they have a chance to do this again… in just a few years.

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