WESTFIELD, NJ - High school seniors who completed fifth grade at Washington School in 2012 returned to their elementary school for a reunion of sorts held Tuesday.

The afternoon began with a “clap out,” a last-day-of-school Washington School tradition for fifth-graders moving on to intermediate school.

The graduating seniors wore their caps and gowns and were met with applause from their former teachers and current Washington students as they walked down the hallways.

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The students then gathered in the library for a meet and greet with teachers, refreshments and a slide show featuring photos from their years at Washington School.

“We had a really good turnout, with most of the class coming back for the clap out,” said Washington School teacher Christine Olenick, the event’s principal organizer.

Both students and parents relived the tradition.

“This was a little sad but fun,” said Julia Mancheno, who graduates Westfield High School this week. “I was excited to see my first-grade teacher Mrs. Geddis, who I know I called ‘mom’ more than once.”

Pam Taaffe attended the event with her son, Tomas. She was pleased to see him walk through the halls of Washington School in his cap and gown.

“I was just a few minutes late for the clap out when Tomas was in fifth grade, and I missed him,” Taaffe said. “So I’m happy I got to see it this time.

The Main Event Friday

Due to wet conditions, Westfield High School’s full graduation ceremonies will be held in the National Guard Armory, 500 Rahway Ave., across from the high school, school officials said. The ceremonies start at 3 p.m.

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