Despite the rainy weather and heightened safety protocols in place, Mansfield ISD elementary schools still found a way to congratulate graduating seniors while inspiring the younger generation.
Senior Clap Out is an opportunity for MISD 12th graders to return to their home elementary campus as staff members and younger students cheer them on before the final days of school.
This year's celebration was held districtwide on Friday, April 30 as an outdoor event. It was a full-circle moment for the students involved.
“When we think of Vision 2020 and 2030, it’s all about students being college, career and life ready,” said Kristi Cobb, executive director of elementary education. “It’s really a culmination of a student’s educational experience and then getting to come back where it all started.”
Cobb said the event gives the elementary students someone to look up to and gives them a visualization of what their future could be.
“They can see—right in front of their face—the picture of an MISD graduate, someone who has worked hard and finished their career throughout the MISD educational system. I’m excited for them to be a part of that,” said Cobb.
Ava Cunningham, a fourth grader at Alice Ponder Elementary School, made a poster for the seniors. She said it was fun to clap and cheer for the graduates as they walked by.
“The parade is special so that they can see their old teachers and be proud of themselves,” said the 10-year-old. “I felt excited to be a senior too.”
A majority of the seniors were in their full caps and gowns for the parade.
In addition to the outdoor parade, Ponder Elementary staff members provided the seniors with goodie bags to take with them. One of the parting gifts was a paper, wrapped up like a diploma, filled with words of wisdom from students in grades K-4.