With today the last day of school before summer break, students are saying goodbye to math, reading and arithmetic and hello to summer.
Today is only an abbreviated day from 7:45-9:45 a.m. No buses run today. After 9:45 a.m., summer vacation officially begins.
“I like to go swimming,” said student Isabel Kirby who is looking forward to her vacation. “We have a pool and I’m there almost every day. I love to go swimming.”
Kirby says after spending the school months locked indoors Monday through Friday, she enjoys being outside.
“I don’t want to be indoors during the summer,” she said. “I don’t get into playing video games. When school gets out, I like being outside.”
This week students have been preparing for the end of school by turning in school books, cleaning out lockers and helping teachers with last-minute, to-do lists. There was plenty of spare time in between.
“We haven’t done much of anything,” said student Karagan Turner. “It is the best part of school. We watch movies and go outside.”
Maya Denning says she enjoys riding her bike around her neighborhood and on the greenway.
“I also like to wade in the water at the dam,” she said. “I don’t jump off the railroad tracks like some people do, but I do wade into the water.”
Turner and Samantha Salkie share something in common, as they both love visiting Gilley Pool during the summer.
“I go swimming at the city pool,” said Turner. “I love it.”
Gilley Pool opens Saturday at 10 a.m. Admission is $4 per person. Summer passes can still be purchased at McMinnville Civic Center.