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Year-end celebration at East Belfast School

By Carolyn Zachary | Jun 30, 2019
Photo by: Carolyn Zachary East Belfast fifth-grade teacher Erin Ireland and Principal Liz Drury, on left, with fifth-graders during their graduation ceremony June 20.

Belfast — East Belfast School recognized 46 volunteers June 20 and graduated fifth-graders who will be off to middle school in the fall.

Among the many volunteers to receive certificates from Principal Liz Drury were Cloe Chunn and others from Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, which runs programs for the children throughout the school year; retired teacher Lynn Hoenig, who comes back to help out "behind the scenes"; Jen Shaver of BBWC, who also helped with Math Night and volunteers also at Nickerson School in Swanville; Deborah Ayers, who does "everything," including helping with children's basic needs; Terri Curtis, who helps in the library; Tracey McKenny who saved the day by picking up a giant sandwich to feed kids on a field trip; and Deb Harris, who fills in wherever needed — substituting for the school nurse, teachers, and on the front desk.

Fifth-grade teacher Erin Ireland presented certificates and books to her graduating students. As a special, memorable gift, Ireland had the children write down positive attributes about each other, then compiled each child's attributes on a certificate that she laminated for them.

Afterward, there was ice cream cake for all.

This is the last year at East Belfast School for both Drury and Ireland.

The certificate presented to a graduating fifth-grader, with compliments from his classmates compiled by teacher Erin Ireland. Each child received one at the East Belfast School graduation June 20. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Erin Ireland presents certificates and a book to one of her graduating fifth-graders at East Belfast School June 20. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Principal Liz Drury thanks Cloe Chunn of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition June 20 for BBWC volunteer programs for students at East Belfast School. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Principal Liz Drury with volunteer Deborah Ayers, right, who Drury said regularly provides "generous support" to the children of East Belfast School, helping to meet their basic needs. Ayers was among volunteers honored June 20. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
East Belfast School volunteer Terri Curtis holds her thank-you certificate June 20. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Volunteer Jen Shaver receives Principal Liz Drury's thanks for her work with Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, Math Night and more, during a ceremony at East Belfast School June 20. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
East Belfast Principal Liz Drury hugs volunteer Deb Harris during a recognition assembly June 20. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
Fifth-grade teacher Erin Ireland hugs Lynn Hoenig, retired fifth-grade teacher and now a volunteer, during a recognition assembly June 20 at East Belfast School. (Photo by: Carolyn Zachary)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: John E Marshall | Jul 01, 2019 13:34

East Belfast is a special school in my heart. Lynn Hoenig who helped  organize boat trips to Holbrook Island as a Fifth Grade field trip and the many volunteers who raised money and helped install new playground equipment. I was so privileged to be part of that community.

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