A quartet of Anderson Island Elementary School 5th graders, pledging to “soar like eagles” are looking forward to September.
“I’m looking forward to getting up early,” said Ason Richardson, one of four “grads” who will travel to the mainland this fall to attend 6th grade at Pioneer Middle School.
AI principal Nancy McClure welcomed parents, students and community friends to the school’s traditional promotion event that was held in the school’s multi-purpose room on June 5.
A visual scrapbook of memories of their school years was a highlight of the evening. It featured a recap of school activities, from field trips to the Pumpkin Farm, Pt. Defiance, and the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, to Spirit Week and holiday celebrations.
Richardson, Shamarye Bonner, Ea Kirkland-Woodward and Rosanna Martinez, spoke about their hopes for the coming school year and beyond during the program.
Their hopes and aspirations ranged from “having lockers,” and “making new friends” to “going to 6th grade camp.”
All of them, added Bonner, were sad about leaving familiar things behind, especially Mrs. Wood, the school custodian, because “she always cleaned up our messes.”
The grads, and guests, bee-lined for the refreshment table to make super sundaes at the program’s conclusion.
Anderson Island and DuPont school districts were consolidated into Steilacoom Historical School District in 1975. Anderson Island Elementary School is a K-5 school, one of two “remote and necessary” schools in District No. 1.There are 35 students currently enrolled in the school.
An old island school building, Wide Awake Hollow School, a frame structure built in 1904, is the oldest remaining one-room school in the county. The structure, placed on the historic register, houses a Fitness Center.