BC News

June 21, 2011

Special video celebrates Clarksville's legacy of making a difference

At the school's end-of-year assembly on Tuesday, students were encouraged to take their Clarksville spirit and pride along for their future adventures in learning.

The assembly included singing, dancing and some special recognition for student attendance, leadership and contributions to the school's vibrant community during the past year.

Clarksville is closing at the end of the year as a result of the district's continuing economic challenges and declining elementary enrollment.

The assembly Tuesday also included the world premiere of "Clarksville Celebrates," a professionally-produced video that features all students and staff members. You can view the video below.

The video was produced this spring, and celebrates the many years of students and staff making a difference at Clarksville, a school with the motto of "Where children, learning and service go hand-in-hand." The video also pays tribute to former Principal Dorothy McDonald, a beloved school leader who passed away earlier this year.

"When we put our hearts together, we can make a difference today," the song in the video says.

At the assembly, Interim Principal Melanie Painter remarked how much students had grown both academically and personally this year, as she wished them luck in the future.

While fifth grade students are moving on to Bethlehem Central Middle School, students in kindergarten through 4th grade will go to either Eagle or Slingerlands next year. The district was focused this spring on making this transition a smooth and positive one, with welcome events and school visits taking place throughout April, May and June.

"As you go on to the Middle School, Slingerlands and Eagle, I know you'll bring your kindness, the support of your community and your sense of pride with you," Mrs. Painter said.

Clarksville opened in 1948, and its faculty and staff have served generations of students with excellence since that time. The district has established a plan to maintain and preserve the building so it is available in the future.



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