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Porterdale Elementary's last day of 2013-14

Porterdale Elementary fifth-graders took their final walk through the school’s halls on the last day of school Thursday. For many students, it was an emotional and tear-filled moment, bidding farewell to their elementary school years. These students will begin sixth grade on Aug. 1. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

Porterdale Elementary fifth-graders took their final walk through the school’s halls on the last day of school Thursday. For many students, it was an emotional and tear-filled moment, bidding farewell to their elementary school years. These students will begin sixth grade on Aug. 1. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

Porterdale Elementary fifth-graders took their final walk through the school’s halls on the last day of school Thursday. For many students, it was an emotional and tear-filled moment, bidding farewell to their elementary school years. These students will begin sixth grade on Aug. 1. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

On her last day of first grade, Adrianna Dawson, left, gives her P.E. teacher Ken Meakins, right, a goodbye hug at Porterdale Elementary on Thursday. Before their final 2013-14 dismissal, kindergarten through fourth-grade students observed the fifth-graders’ graduation march — their last walk through the halls of Porterdale. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

By Ryan McKenzie