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Thursday, June 23, 2011

View Finder: Roger Sherman Elementary 5th Grade Graduation

View Finder: Roger Sherman Elementary 5th Grade Graduation
Sunny skies make a special celebration even brighter
By Mike Lauterborn
(Posted to 6/23)

Fairfield, CT – The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as Roger Sherman Elementary School’s three fifth grade classes, led by teachers Margo Boskello, Aristi Torres and Ted Ostrowski, made their way down the aisle and took their seats on the tarmac at the rear of the building.

The occasion was the Monday, June 20 graduation of these classes on to Roger Ludlowe Middle School, where they will start in the fall. Witnessing the ceremony were dozens of parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. Electronic devices whirred, clicked and snapped continuously as each grad collected their diploma, stood on a riser for a quick photo and sat back down.

The moment was a particularly moving one for Sherman Principal Eileen Roxbee, who started at the school six years ago when these fifth graders were entering kindergarten. “You demonstrate every day what it takes to be a Sharp Shark,” she told them. “I hope you will remember your days at Sherman with a smile. Be a person who cares about the world, for it is a fragile place.”

Sitting straight and tall in three neat rows, the youngsters took in their surroundings, aware that an innocent era had ended and new adventures awaited.