BRIDGEWATER, NJ - As part of the annual tradition at Hillside Intermediate School, students and staff participated in the Final Hillside Hawk Walk to bid a fond farewell to the graduating sixth graders.

According to teacher Katrina Macht, principal Will Ferry and assistant principal Marc Hungarter start at the end of the sixth grade hall, and pick up each homeroom of sixth graders for the final walk through school.

"The walk takes them down to the fifth grade hallway, where the fifth graders are lined up to applaud them, before trekking up the hill for the last time to the busses," she said. "By that time, the sixth grade teachers have dashed out to the top of the hill to send them on their way."

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It concludes, Macht said, with a final wave goodbye to all departing busses, with fifth and sixth graders, at the street entrance to the school.

"The Hawk Walk began in 2015, when Mr. Ferry and Mr. Hungarter became our administrators," she said. "The goodbye wave began in the 1990s when the district reconfigured and fourth and fifth grades moved to Hillside. It was brought to our school by a teacher, Donna Emmanueli, now long retired."