UNION, NJ – Battle Hill Elementary School fourth grade students excitedly received their diplomas and gathered (socially distanced) for a class photo at Thursday’s drive-up graduation ceremony at the school.

“We are very happy to be able to do this for our kids,” said Battle Hill School principal Althea Bossard.  “Not being in the building has been tough.  This certainly makes the students feel special and loved.”

Each fourth grade student was chauffeured by their parent and families to the front of the building, where they stepped out of their car and received a diploma from and posed for a photo with their teacher.  As each student arrived, with music in the background, they were introduced to the crowd by volunteer DJ Mike Cantuncan, fourth-grade graduate MJ’s dad.  Students then gathered in a socially responsible way as a class for their year-end class photo.

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“We wanted the kids to leave on a high note after their years here,” said Battle Hill School PTA President Anita Laverty.  “We wanted to give them a memorable graduation.”

Pre-K students were invited to stop by and say good-bye later in the day, and other kindergarten through third grade students also had an opportunity to drive by and say their goodbyes to their teachers.

“This is a very special last day of school,” added Bossard.