Teachers passed out diplomas, cap-and-tassel paper crowns and other swag during a drive-through kindergarten graduation Friday at Century School.
Elementary School staff cheered students and their families while directing their vehicles toward the appropriate tables, spaced out along two sides of the school parking lot.
A minor traffic jam periodically developed at the northeast corner, but with families arriving over a 90-minute period during the morning, the event seemed to flow fairly smoothly.
Rebecca Penning had several students’ graduation packets lined up on her table. She explained that these were students she expected to see during the morning, while another group might come in the afternoon.
Some students’ grandparents followed their parents’ vehicle in a sort of mini-parade. One such student gave his mom a big hug at the wheel of her Suburban after collecting his diploma, then drew gasps from his grandparents and a laugh from his teacher as he wriggled head-first through the window into the backseat.
Principal Joleen De La Hunt made the rounds, visiting with families and accepting their well-wishes on the next phase of her career. De La Hunt leaves the school on June 30 to start work as an educational consultant with Sourcewell in Staples.