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Riverside Middle School’s Graduation Celebration

It is graduation time for the class of 2010.

Well, sort of.

The eighth-grade class at Riverside Middle School held their graduation celebration on Saturday night at the school in New Castle.

The event, which was the first of its kind in the valley, is now in its 20th year.

“We celebrate their careers, their lives, and their families,” said eighth-grade teacher David Way.

Most of the 130 students at the school met in kindergarten and have come up through the ranks together.

This year they were afforded the opportunity to welcome many new students, including five who relocated to the area after Hurricane Katrina.

“They have welcomed everyone with open arms,” said Way.

Parents and teachers believe the unity of the class will make their freshman year at Coal Ridge High School easier next year.

The formal event started with a class picture followed by a ceremony in which each student was congratulated and honored by faculty, family and friends.

Hors d’oeuvres were followed by the traditional father-daughter and mother-son first dance.

For one mother, the opportunity to dance with her teenage son, was an early mother’s day gift.

“You actually get to touch and hold them for a moment,” she said.

Way said the dance has always been an important part of the occasion as it caps off one monumental chapter and opens the door for another.

And that was one idea that seemed to permeate the evening.

Time really flies.

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