Is all grown up and ready to graduate 8th grade!
At our school, it is tradition for the first graders to be welcomed at the beginning of the year by the eighth graders, and in turn at the end of the year the first graders say farewell to the big kids at the Farewell Mass.
This morning's mass was just as ordered, warm weather, kids in wacky outfits ready for the annual play day to follow, and first grade moms blowing up balloons for the end of mass.
Here is Alex with the little boy who presented him with his balloon, as they walk out to the blacktop for the big "liftoff." I can remember when he was the first grader and that eighth grader seemed so tall.
Here are his real buddies - the first graders he has been paired with as "buddies" all year.
And there they go!
Here he is with a bunch of friends -
So grown up. So rolling his eyes as his mother gets all teary! So proud of our Alex!