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Graduation Emotions Run High

May 22, 2017
By Betsy Bethel - Editor , OVParent

"Because I knew you, I have been changed for good." -- "For Good" from the musical "Wicked"

This time of year brings the donning of caps and gowns, and the dawning of new experiences. Whether your child or grandchild is graduating from preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, college or graduate school, it is a season of commencement -- of new beginnings.

The emotions run high: There are feelings of personal accomplishment mingled with gratitude to teachers and mentors, and overriding it all, the giddy anticipation of what's to come.

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Emma's first day of preschool at Wheeling Country Day School.

But there's also bound to be some sadness as friends part ways. This year, my daughter is graduating from fifth grade at Wheeling Country Day School, and her class of 16 is going in several directions. For seven years, these kids have shared wins and losses, births and deaths, frustrations and accomplishments, reports and robots, plays and field days, elections and wars. Side by side, they have explored musical instruments, historical figures, pathways to peace, the nearby creek and their own emotions. They have cheered for each other, comforted each other and learned their strengths and weaknesses. Whether they are moving on to public, private or home schools, they will carry these rich experiences of friendship with them for the rest of their lives. I know I will be forever grateful to them and to WCDS.

Here's to all Ohio Valley graduates, and all their parents who are hot messes like me!



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