Pointe-Claire school welcomes kindergarteners with Balloon Parade
Watch: A glimpse of the Kindergarten Balloon Parade
MONTREAL — In its annual back-to-school Kindergarten Balloon Parade, students at Clearpoint Elementary in Pointe-Claire gathered to welcome the children in the school’s kindergarten class.
“The balloon parade is an annual event that inaugurates the kindergarten kids into the world of elementary school,” school principal Rachel Wilson told Global News.
“Kids and balloons go hand-in-hand, and I think it’s important for them to feel accepted and there’s something to look forward to.”
As many parents know (and many of us remember), when you’re five-years-old, the first day of kindergarten can be filled with both excitement and trepidation.
But if the school holds a parade in the new students’ honour, with balloons, cheers and welcoming posters, the transition is just that much smoother.
Fifty-six kindergarten students and parents at Clearpoint Elementary in Pointe-Claire were treated to this amazing welcome on Thursday.
The director general of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, Robert T. Mills, and regional director, David Meloche, were also both on hand to welcome the new kindergarten students to the school.
“It’s a happy day for parents, for students, for the staff and for me,” Mills said.
“This is really a beginning for these students and it’s important that it’s handled with such joy.”
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