Sixth graders from throughout Valley Stream District 30 marked a momentous occasion when they crossed the stage under the tent at Shaw Avenue School during their respective closing exercises from June 21-23. Families, faculty and administrators gathered in the warm weather to cheer on the graduates from Clear Stream Avenue, Shaw Avenue and Forest Road schools.
All eyes were on the graduates as they stood to perform songs under the guidance of their music teachers. Board of Education trustee James Lavery congratulated the soon-to-be alumni of the district. “Be excellent in thought, in deed, in achievements and in compassion,” he said. “Every once in a while, thank the one who lit that spark in you and set you on that path.”
In his final graduation speech before his retirement, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling expressed his pride in the graduating Clear Stream class. “I truly believe our children are our future,” he said. “Our futures are bright, ladies and gentlemen. As I look at these beautiful, intelligent, diverse individuals, I know they are ready to take the next step into their future.”
“Over the last two and a half years, they’ve learned to be resilient and adaptable,” Dr. Stirling continued. “Our scholars have learned to find their strength within themselves to move forward – and that deserves a round of applause.”
Each graduate crossed the stage to receive their certificate of completion as the audience cheered. At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates embraced with loved ones as overwhelming pride was on display.
Date Added: 6/24/2022