LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s six elementary schools celebrated milestones in various ways last week, including hosting “wave parades” and providing photo opportunities in order to safely acknowledge the graduating fifth graders and kindergartners as they move to the next grade level at Livingston Public Schools (LPS).

Modeled after the traditional “clap out” held in the hallways of Livingston schools as the fifth graders leave on their last day of elementary school, wave parades allowed students to be driven by parents and guardians through a sea of teachers and administrators who stood a safe distance from each other as they cheered on the passing graduates.

Many graduates had multiple family members inside their vehicles who also cheered and held up signs of congratulations to the future Mt. Pleasant Middle School students.

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“It was a bittersweet moment for them,” said Riker Hill mother Srija Chartham. “My daughter was crying when she received her certificate from [Principal Justin] Toomey. They are leaving behind the only school they know of and their entire childhood memories to welcome a new life in middle school, with new sets of challenges.”

Chartham submitted a photo of Riker Hill graduates Aditi Abhishek and Isabella Tavera, stating that the two girls “are best friends and hoping they will get a chance to be back together in sixth grade.”

Kindergarten parents also had reason to celebrate as their children officially move up to a numbered grade level, and some parents hoped to celebrate the end of the year at Livingston’s preschool as well. The PRIDE (Preschool Readiness Individual Developmental Education) program, offered annually at Burnet Hill Elementary School, is available for general education preschool students, ages three to five.

“The PRIDE program—and specifically Mrs. Wittjohann and her aides—are phenomenal,” said Julie Golden, whose 3-year-old son, JJ Seborowski, was only in school for two months before schools closed but can be seen in the photos above with a sign he made for his teacher, speech therapists and aides.

TAPinto Livingston thanks the community members who shared the photos above, which have been taken at the various graduation celebrations held in honor of all LPS graduates.

CLICK HERE for photos and coverage of the Livingston High School graduation ceremony. 

CLICK HERE for photos and coverage of the Heritage Middle School graduation ceremony.

LPS also produced a video featuring highlights from this year at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, which can be viewed BY CLICKING HERE.  

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