The walk is only about a half mile, but it’s the beginning of Canandaigua Middle Schoolers’ four-year journey on their way to graduation from Canandaigua Academy, where they learned about the expanded opportunities awaiting them in September.
Cloudy skies gave way to sunshine Thursday morning as more than 200 eighth-graders left their school for the last time for the short march — with a police escort — to the academy where middle school Principal John Arthur presented his oldest group of students to their new administrators.
Academy Principal Vern Tenney welcomed them and introduced them to his team: assistant principals Cary Burke, Eric Jordan and Rachael Schading.
Tenney said they will be very critical and helpful to the class when they arrive in September and throughout their years at the academy.
Along the way, dozens of parents, many holding signs, cheered for their eighth-graders and the transition they were making. Many tears were shed, as well.
“This is crazy,” one parent was overheard saying. “I can’t believe this is over.”
School board member Ralph Undercoffler, who waited near the corner of Chapel and East streets, called the middle school march a wonderful tradition.