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Five Years after Shuttering, Cheltenham’s Cedarbrook Middle School Celebrates its First Graduating Class

highlight image from CBK graduation Cheltenham School District’s Cedarbrook Middle School, which reopened this past August as a 180,000 square-foot, ultra-modern facility four years after shuttering due to mold, celebrated its first class to graduate from the new building. Against the backdrop of the seventh-grade orchestra’s playing “Pomp and Circumstance,” almost 350 students filed into the gymnasium amid cheers from family, friends and teachers.

The eighth-grade choir performed the Carl Strommen commencement classic “Like an Eagle,” and student speakers Jordan Amir Harris and Katie Barnes offered their reflections inspired by author Jason Reynolds’ For Everyone, a stirring and inspirational rallying cry to the dreamers of the world. The book served as a mentor text for Cedarbrook eighth graders this year.

More than 100 students were recognized with a President’s Education Award Program certificate for achieving a 4.0 GPA (25 students) or 3.75 GPA (78 students). Following the full slate of awards and graduate recognition, Cheltenham High School Principal Dr. Ray McFall welcomed the Class of 2023 to the high school and Cedarbrook teachers lined up in the hallway to share high fives, hugs, and well wishes to the class described as “unique and extraordinary” by  Cedarbrook Principal Mrs. Marcy Hockfield. Congratulations to all.