GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- It's arguably the longest day of the year. Elementary school students anxiously wait for the final bell to ring as they say goodbye to their teachers and friends for the year, sending them into summer break.
While high school students graduated into summer break last week, elementary and middle school students celebrated their final school day with awards, field day fun and motivation for the summer.
"[Our teacher said] just to keep on learning and to stay focused and not have all my learning experience go away," Pear Park fourth grader Leah Redding said.
Third grade teacher Shannon Pitton says she likes to share success with her students before they tackle the summer break to keep them on the right course.
“We go over all their test scores and the growth they accomplished over the year, so they feel proud about what they did and hopefully continue that over the summer. They continue working, continue reading, so when they come back in August, they are ready to go," she said.
With success comes accomplishments, and Pear Park Elementary makes sure they celebrate that with the students at the end of the year.
"[We] celebrate all the milestones our children made -- from their behaviors to the academics. It all rolls into the character and people that they are," fourth grade teacher Crystal Stephenson said.
But it is summer break, and sometimes you just need to have a little fun before the next chapter of school swings in.
"[I hope] they can have a little bit of a break and be able to enjoy the summer and be ready for next year," mother Jennifer Crawford said.
While school is out, a handful of camps are available across Grand Junction to keep your child busy. Grand Junction Parks and Recreation offers a slew of summer camps from STARS to Tween Extreme and Score Sports Camp.