Nicole Cooke | Democrat Sporting his bright green “Been there, done that” T-shirt, Max Griffen heads down the front steps for the last time as a fourth grader at Horace Mann Elementary on Tuesday, the last day of school for the Sedalia School District 200. The “Fourth Grade Walk” is a tradition at Horace Mann, and celebrates the fourth grade students moving on to Sedalia Middle School next year.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Riley Blankenship gives custodian Steve Hughes a big hug after he walks out of the Horace Mann Elementary front doors for the last time as an elementary student. Hughes received several hugs from students as they made their way down the sidewalk during the traditional “Fourth Grade Walk.”
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Fourth grader Paige Abney is greeted by applause from parents, faculty and staff as she walks out of Horace Mann Elementary on the last day of school Tuesday. “They high five everyone and say their goodbyes, and then they’re on to bigger things,” Principal Todd Fraley said of the annual farewell ceremony.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat A tearful Madison Canon gets a hug from friend and third grader Sage Miller as Canon makes her way down the front steps of Horace Mann Elementary for the last time on Tuesday. Canon was one of many students who had a teary exit during the “Fourth Grade Walk.”
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Fourth grader Arantza Heredia gets a congratulatory hug from her mom, Laura Todd, as she finishes her last day of school as a student at Horace Mann Elementary on Tuesday.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat Hayden Herrick gets high fives all around from friends Max Griffen and Jacob Boyd as the trio celebrates the last day of fourth grade at Horace Mann Elementary on Tuesday.