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Easton Kids Bid Sweet-Sad Farewell to Keller

Eighth-graders packed the Easton Village Store Tuesday afternoon after their last day as middle school students at Helen Keller Middle School. They overflowed the three tables and pushed the sandwich line out the back door.

Isabel Jordan said she was looking forward to having more freedom next year at Joel Barlow High School. She said the Easton students have spent time with the Redding students and are excited to be going to school with them.

Olivia Greenspan said leaving middle school is "bittersweet." Jack Pantalena agreed. "I have mixed feelings," he said. "I'm happy and sad–Keller was awesome."

Harry Wilson said he'll miss the teachers, who were always welcoming. "At Keller, we're a big family. We were separated at birth and came together at middle school," Harry said.

The next big thing for Isabel and her friends, however, is the Easton Carnival, where they can reunite after being out of school for about a month. Isabel leaves soon for camp in the Poconos.

Jack said he'll be reading books on his summer reading list and finishing his math packet to get prepared for high school.

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