School's Out, Onward to Summer Vacation!
No more teachers, no more books! Tuesday was a big day for students in the State College school system. They're celebrating the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation.
State College Area high school students were dismissed at 10:30 a.m., elementary schools let out at 12:15 p.m. and the middle school ended classes at 1 p.m.
Brian Hackman says the first day of summer vacation feels pretty awesome.
"I love how they let us out of school early," says Hackman, who completed the tenth grade on Tuesday. Hanging out at Rita's with his buddies, a pink lemonade water ice in hand, Hackman says he's excited it's finally summertime.
That means books and backpacks get stashed until the fall.
Five extra days were tacked onto the school year because the district closed schools in the fall because of Hurricane Sandy. The district was forced to close the schools again in the winter because of snow.
Graduation was Saturday, but students returned to school on Monday and Tuesday to take their final exams. Hackman and Shane Hindle say they didn't have any exams to take, so there wasn't much left to do over the last two days of school.
Nick Sivak had a math and a science final, but all three tenth graders agree that being dismissed from school at 10:30 a.m. made the day much easier.
"You just want to get out," Sivak says.
Hackman and Hindle say they can't wait to hit the beach, in Stone Harbor, N.J. The eleventh graders just want a summer of relaxation, sun and that carefree feeling that comes with every end to another school year.