Many 'Happy' on the last day of school

last day of school

Graham A. Barden Elementary School Principal Marilyn Brown dances with members of the school's safety patrol on the last day of school Friday in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 03:37 PM.

It was the last day of school Friday at Graham A. Barden Elementary in Havelock, and the first bus riders were gathering in the auditorium.

“Y’all are going to like this,” Principal Marilyn Brown told the youngsters.

Over the speakers came Pharrell Williams’ popular hit “Happy,” and Brown began shaking a leg and waving her arms in the air. Then the students rose to their feet and began dancing and singing.

It might seem crazy, but soon the whole room was in motion with a sea of happy faces.

“That song reminds me that we should be happy about everything,” Brown said. “Whether we are up or down today, we should always be happy.”

Most of the school’s 374 students carried report cards and a handful had long faces after sneaking a peak at their grades, but when the music began, they were all smiles.

“I’m just happy,” said kindergartner Christina Rivens, who said she had learned how to write sentences this year and also learned how to be a first-grader next year.

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