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Craig Middle School sends off 8th-grade students in style

As the eldest students of Craig Middle School prepare to move on to the final stage of their K-12 education, they'll be leaving behind the building and the teachers they've gotten to know for the past three years, but they'll still have one another.

The staff of CMS hosted a barbecue Tuesday afternoon as a final hurrah for its departing eighth-graders, who will be attending Moffat County High School this fall.

Vice Principal Jill Hafey was among the faculty members serving up burgers, drinks and cake to students and their families.

"There's a little bit of happiness and a little bit of sadness," she said. "They've been an outstanding group, and these young people have worked very hard, we just want to give them the best farewell we can."

In between bites, students reminisced about their time at CMS.

Eighth-graders Katie Haskins, Brooke Gumber and their friends fondly remembered the CMS-specific sport called locker swimming, which involved students doing "laps" across the tiles between rows of lockers. They won't be able to do that at MCHS, where the lockers are farther apart and the floor is carpeted.

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Learning the ways of a new school is an adventure.

"I'm a little scared since we're going to be with all the upperclassmen, but I bet it's going to be OK," Gumber said.

Haskins said the beginning of the school year still feels like it was only a week ago.

"It's all gone by so fast," she said. "It's been crazy, but it's been fun."

Looking back on his past year, eighth-grader Kamron Ludgate said his feelings about moving forward could best be described by the motto made famous by the comedy "Joe Dirt."

"Life's a garden. Dig it!" Ludgate said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.