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Elkins Park Celebrates Sixth Graders at Move Up Day

More than 350 Elkins Park sixth graders are moving on to Cedarbrook Middle School following their move up day celebration Thursday, June 12.

With both EP grades in attendance, the fifth and sixth choir opened the festivities with a stirring rendition of "Remember Me." Retiring principal Dr. Gerry Doria-Fitzpatrick offered a message of appreciation to students for "you being you," referenced Marianne Williamson's poem "Our Deepest Fear" and encouraged all of the students to complete the sentence "I am ... ." ep move up

Will Gregorio, Jemma Bleu Greenbaum and Cullen Quinn were recognized for winning the "What Elkins Park Means to Me" essay contest with Greenbaum and Quinn reading their work to the assembly. Rafael Lazrow and Khafra Anyika were each announced as the gold medal winners in the GSK Young Inventors Program. Lazrow's invention looked at solving the gun violence problem, and Anyika's invention intended to help the blind "one step at a time." Several other students won silver, bronze and honorable mention awards. 

Physical Education, Music and Art awards, and presidential academic honors were doled out. Finally, class by class, the sixth graders filed out of their seats, walked down the aisle and up one set of stairs, crossed the stage and disembarked the other side of the stage as seventh graders.