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Say Goodbye To School Days ’Til September

Originally Posted: June 27, 2008

Kelly Carroll

With a little assurance from their teacher, young students bid farewell to one another on the last day of school. Photos by Kelly Carroll

Southampton - It was a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting 11 a.m. Thursday as children and adults alike celebrated the final day of school at Southampton Elementary.

Youngsters say good-bye to their favorite teachers.

Fresh from tennis, Caroline Evans celebrates the last day of school with daughter Lottie, a future-fourth grader.

Students attending public and private schools throughout the region from Westhampton Beach to Montauk have bid farewell to the classroom for greener pastures during the summer break.

After playing in the school's back field, children poured out the doors, some dressed head-to-toe in Hawaiian garb, complete with flowered leis and sunglasses. As teachers hugged their students good-bye for the long summer break, parents tried to corral their charges into idling buses and cars, embarking on the summer's 10-week adventure that will for some include sports camps, family trips and idle days at the seashore.

Smiles could be seen for blocks as the youngsters called out "see you next year." Even the overcast day couldn't put a damper on the flurry of excitement emanating from these happy kids.

Teachers and students alike appeared delighted to welcome the official close of the school calendar. Commencement ceremonies are slated for Saturday and Sunday.

Traditional yellow school buses wait outside the elementary school for the last time this school year.

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