DD2 schools send kids off for Summer vacation

VIDEO: DD2 first district in Tri-County area to release kids for summer vacation
Source: WCSC
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Some Dorchester County students are enjoying their summer vacation already, ahead of other students in the tri-county area.

Dorchester District Two had its last day for students Friday.

However, a week ago these students may have been going to school on Monday, June 1.

That's because of a makeup day DD2 was considering. It was for the threat of an ice storm back in February.

Last Thursday, the board waived that makeup, allowing the official day to be Friday, May 29. There was plenty of hustle and bustle for students and faculty Friday.

It was an emotional day filled with happiness, excitement, and even sadness.

"You're excited because the year is over and the kids did a great job, and they're excited about summer," Principal Lori Dibble of Summerville Elementary School said. "They all kind of come in that way, and then by the end of the day everybody is sad, because you're not going to see everybody again. The reality sets in."

"We actually don't want to leave," said Lisa Bryngelson, a parent of a Summerville Elementary School student. "We had an amazing teacher this year that is one of those teachers who is going to stick with her forever."

There were plenty of hugs and goodbyes following what kids described as a fun filled day.

"We played musical chairs and ate ice cream," Ardnell Long, a first grader at Summerville Elementary, said.

"We just had fun and hugged," Bayne Bryngelson, a second grader at Summerville Elementary added.

Perhaps the biggest celebration of all at Summerville Elementary was for the fifth graders, who had quite the walk out of the school.

"They walked around the pavement," Long said. "It was really cool."

"We get music and bubbles, and then process them down the sidewalk to the buses," Dibble said.

It even had some parents pretty impressed.

"I knew one fifth grader and I was tearing up," Lisa Bryngelson said.

"Definitely a little jealous," Jordan Bryngelson added. "I was like, man, we didn't do that in Elementary School."

"It's our best way of telling them you got this," Dibble said. "Fifth graders can be a little full of themselves until they get that reality,'I'm going to be in sixth grade next year.' Then they start getting a little scared. So we want to let them know all is good."

Dibble added while students may miss their teachers from this year, the first place they'll go on that first day of school is to say hello to that teacher.

Saturday will also be a busy day for DD2 students as it's high school graduation day.

Ashley Ridge High School will graduate at 10:00 a.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum, followed by Summerville High School at 2:00 p.m., and then Fort Dorchester at 6:00 p.m.

Students in Dorchester District Four will start summer break on Tuesday, June 2, while Charleston County and Berkeley County School districts will get out on Thursday, June 4.

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