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Students wave goodbye to another school year in Craig

Nate Waggenspack

School bus horns blared from atop the hill where East Elementary sits on the east side of Craig, signaling that another school year had come to an end for Moffat County School District Thursday.

Students hung out the windows to wave to their teachers as the buses pulled away, while a line of faculty and staff at East stood in front of the school waving back in what has been the school's end-of-year tradition for going on 30 years.

"It's been a great year," said East Principal Sarah Hepworth. "There's been lots of good learning on the parts of the students and the teachers. Because they do teach us new things every day."

Earlier in the day East hosted a talent show for its students, to let them cut loose and show off before leaving for the year. Then there was the full range of familiar emotions on display outside the schools as the year ended, with hugs, smiles and excitement about the possibilities of summer, as well as the bittersweet feelings that come with missing each other after nine months of learning and growing together.

"It's kind of a hard day," she said. "It's great because we get a break, but we have to let them go for three months. It's and emotional day."

Similar feelings were on display at the other schools, too, as they said goodbye to another year.

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"It's always bittersweet," said Sandrock Elementary Principal Kamisha Siminoe. "I always get very emotional about losing the fifth-graders, but we're excited for them as well. We know they'll continue to represent Sandrock well at CMS."

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports .