School’s out

By Walt Braun

Manhattan school chil-dren might not have flooded fast-food restaurants at noon as has often been the case on the last day of school, but that’s only because, unlike most last days, this one didn’t end before lunch.

That disappointment was probably more than offset by delight that they won’t be in school on Thursday, as had been scheduled. Students have the construction schedule to thank for the jump start on summer vacation.

That students were in school today — except perhaps some of the older ones who considered this day optional — doesn’t mean great academic strides were high on the agenda. Some teachers surely tried, but at least in the younger grades, kids who have trouble sitting still on a regular Wednesday were likely to be especially antsy today.

Most teachers in the younger grades did well to make sure that whatever personal property the students hadn’t yet taken home went out the door with them today.

A lot of those teachers also had a little extra property of their own today in the form of cards, mugs and other heartfelt gifts from students (and their parents). And as is the norm on the last day of school, many young students’ joy at finishing the school year was tempered by tears at bidding farewell to teachers they came to love.

Tears dry quickly in the afternoon sun, and those students joined older students in looking forward to the less structured days ahead.

We wish them all a summer that doesn’t pass too quickly and that is filled with happy memories.

The first day of school, Aug. 21, will come soon enough.

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