No more alarm clocks. No more homework.
“Every kid’s dream is for summer to come,” said Owen Roever, 10, a fourth-grader at Westpark Elementary School in Benbrook.
On Monday, tens of thousands of youngsters wrapped up the 2014-15 school year at dozens of campuses in the Fort Worth school district. They celebrated the last day of school with board games, ice cream floats, balloons, line dancing, piñatas and cake. Monday had been tacked onto the school calendar to make up for a bad weather day this year, school officials said.
“We’ve had a great day,” said Guadalupe Barreto, principal of the World Languages Institute in Fort Worth.
Teachers also have reason to celebrate on the last day of school, said Sonya Warren, a music teacher at Westpark Elementary.
“We don’t have the structure of the regular school day,” Warren said. “So the last day of school is a little more relaxed.”
At Eastern Hills High School, some students were still wrapping up final exams Monday. Others were helping teachers move equipment into storage.
“It was very quiet,” said Charles Hodges, communications coordinator at the school.
Campbell Cox, 9, said she won’t forget her last day of third grade at Westpark.
“We had a lockdown,” Campbell said as she stood in a hall with her teacher, Francesca Davis. “We just sat there for an hour or we could try to fall asleep.”
The lockdown resulted from a bomb threat at Benbrook Middle-High School, police said. No problems were found.
Jane Plummer, mother of a second-grader at Westpark, said parents had brought about 1,500 water balloons to the school for a party. But students were not permitted to go outside around lunchtime, so the balloon event was called off.
By 1 p.m., most students were allowed to leave classrooms. Some went to eat lunch while others began discussing their summer plans.
“I’ll probably be shooting Nerf guns at my friends,” said Noah Grywatch, 7, who is in the first grade. “And going to the beach in New Jersey.”
School starts again in the district Aug. 24.
Yamil Berard, 817-390-7705