When faced with the challenge of how to properly honor Flagstaff Academy's continuing kindergartners and 5th Graders, as well as graduating 8th Graders in the midst of a pandemic, the Longmont public K-8 charter school responded with innovation and Dragon PRIDE.
Flagstaff Academy provided THREE unique drive-thru events (plus live-streaming for 5th and 8th grades) that allowed the kindergarten, 5th, and 8th grade "Dragons" and their families to experience these important milestones! The community joined in the spirit of celebration with cars decorated in true Dragon Spirit style, as well as adhering to all the guidelines and social distancing.
This event was the brainchild of Flagstaff Academy leadership, headed up by Wayne Granger, Executive Director, in partnership with Mountain West Production Group, MJ Thomas Photography, and the Flagstaff Academy PTO. The events were approved by Boulder County Health Department, Longmont Fire Department, and Longmont Police Department. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the energy and commitment of the Flagstaff Academy staff, many of who were onsite and behind the scenes all day and evening.
There were so many highlights from the entire day, but a few to note from our 8th grade graduation:
- An inspiring talk by Dragon alum and Niwot High School graduate Julia Curd (Class of 2016), who is heading to study biology and dance at Duke University!
- A record 13 valedictorians who shared touching videos for their fellow students, family, and teachers.
- A touching tribute to Odin Mitchem, a beloved Dragon who passed away in 2016 and the inspiration for our "Buddy Bench" near the elementary playground. Odin was awarded an honorary diploma.
The live-streamed event was viewed all over the country, even as far as Chile and was so unique that we even got on 9News! Click here to view the story and make sure to share it with your friends and family.
Speaking of our Dragon Spirit Car Decoration competition, here are the winners!