Lakota's Newest Tradition a Huge Success for Seniors, Elementary Students and Parents

Lakota's Newest Tradition a Huge Success for Seniors, Elementary Students and Parents
Posted on 05/28/2017
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Lakota’s new “Parade of Graduates” was wildly popular with all who attended – from the graduating seniors who appreciated the support and encouragement to the elementary students who lined the halls and greeted the older students with high-fives, cheering and lots of enthusiasm.

Even the teary-eyed parents and teachers loved the event, perhaps feeling a little bittersweet from all of the emotions.

All ten of the district’s elementary schools welcomed graduating seniors for the parade held May 15. And, it proved so popular, that the coordinators are already planning how to expand to include the early childhood and junior high schools next year. 

“I didn’t know what to expect, but it was honestly amazing seeing all the kids,” says senior Natalie Robbins. “It’s very emotional. This is home to me and some of my best years are here. It’s nice to have this celebration as we face going on to my next part in life.”​​​​

That encouragement is just one of the goals of the event, with the parade also providing role models for the younger students.

“It was even better than our anticipation,” said teacher and parade coordinator Amy Alexander. “We wanted to provide the elementary students see role models that come from every walk of life, every type of background, someone graduating from high school, reaching that milestone and setting goals for them. We also wanted to provide our seniors a heartwarming good-bye as they go off to this next chapter.”

For many of the seniors, one of the most touching aspects was the congratulatory letters of advice and encouragement written by the elementary students as a souvenir of the event. 

Click here for our Facebook galleries from the event and click here to view video from Hopewell Elementary’s Parade of Graduates on the Lakota You Tube channel.

Click below for media coverage:

Hamilton-Journal News: Lakota parades celebrate graduates, encourage younger students

WLWT - Channel 5: Special parade honors Lakota's graduating seniors