Hundreds of students lined the Jack Elementary School hallways Friday afternoon cheering and clapping as fifth-graders walked through the halls and out the doors of the school one last time.

The fifth-graders received high-fives from younger students and hugs from teachers before meeting their families outside for pictures and more celebration.

“It’s sad, but it’s happy too, because we love these guys - that’s why we teach,” said music teacher Jerry Miller, who has been teaching at the school since it opened in 2007. “They’re going onto bigger and better things, and we know we’ve done all that we can here.”

There were a few tears, but mostly smiles as the fifth-graders realized they could officially call themselves middle-schoolers.

“They’re going to remember the special things, like Camp Tyler and the Jack Jubilee, but most of all, I hope, when they think back on their time here, that it’s all happy memories,” Miller said.

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