We are home now- boy was it a hard day. Not only was it the last day of school, but the last school day for the building they were in. Next year, it will be turned into a pre-school & day care. The school currently runs before & afterschool daycare in all sorts of buildings, and they rent a building in town to run pre-school, and the all-day day care kids.
Now they will have all of it in one building, saving them money in the long run, and allowing them to have more kids for both pre-school and day care, which earns them money.
For the end of the day, the teachers set up two bubble machines at the exit doors, and had music playing. The teachers all lined up outside, so the kids could walk through, and say good bye to everyone.
Gilly is so upset. She's scared she'll never see her friends again, or her teacher. I had her pose with her teacher for a photo, which I will get printed up, and frame for her.
One of the mom's brought in a photo, frame, and mat. She had all the kids sign the mat when Mr. E wasn't in there, and then she brought it in at the end of the day to present to him, so he'll always have it.
I did some class room work, to prepare it for the move, and to help Mr. E out, then afterwards, I stuffed more folders for the kids. I passed those out, plus I gave each of the kids a Tootsie Pop from me.
I got to sign autographes in year books, t-shirts, and hats- yesterday, the PTO presented all the kids with their own hat, frisbee, and pencil with the school name, and the years of operation printed on them. It was their gift to the kids with the last of the PTO money.
The PTO was offered two choices- spend the money, or pass it on equally to the other schools. They felt that since these kids worked hard to earn it, they should get to spend it on something for everyone, which I thought was nice. They talked about a school wide field trip, but the zoo was just way too expensive.
I got one last gift in the form of some left over certificates for free kids meals for Applebees from Mr. E towards the end of the day. They expire at the end of June, so he wouldn't have been able to hold on to them anyway, and he has no kids of his own. He had 3 left, so we can take all 3 kids out to eat cheaply.
Applebee's has a deal right now, too- 2 meals and an appetizer for $20. So, if we do that, plus our drinks, all 5 of us could eat for under $30. Not bad!
I thought about doing it up in Mackinaw City, but I think it'll be a nice treat for us here at home.
Oh! Mr. E will be up on Mackinac Island the same week we will. He's going next Friday, and will be there through at least Monday. I told him Monday was when we'd be on the island, and he and his wife, plus her family will all be around on that day. Maybe we'll see him when we're up there.
Thoughts- I'm glad school is out, but sad that the building is shutting down, sad that Gilly was so sad (she almost had me in tears- her little heart was just breaking...), and not excited over the prospect of a long summer of fighting kids. ;)
Anyway... that was my morning.