The graduates

Left to right: Jenny Peck, middle school teacher, says a few words about 2022 graduates Abby Grosch and Dylan Suggs.

About 60 people attended the Guffey Community Charter School’s graduation ceremonies June 2, which were held outside under a tent on a beautiful spring mountain day.

Principal Martine Walker started the program with announcements. The library will be hosting its popular summer reading program for kids again this year, with four weekly sessions. Check Guffey Shares for more information.

Next Saturday, June 11, will be the roadside trash pick-up day, celebrating longtime Guffey resident Pascha McKeough, who passed away July 29, 2020. The event will start at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the fire station. At 9 a.m., roadside trash pick-up will begin along Park County road 102, from Guffey to CR 59.

The graduation started with Elizabeth Cauley’s K-2 grades class of nine students. The three kindergarteners all graduated to first grade. Lynda MacDonald’s 3-5 grades class with nine students was next. Last was Jenny Peck’s 6-8 grades class with seven students, which included the two graduating eighth-graders. Every student received an award.

The eighth-graders each received their diploma and a high school survival kit from Peck. The graduates gave a rose to everyone who had helped them get to graduation.

There were “Thank You’s” and gifts to the school board of director members, the staff, the teachers and all the volunteers

There was a special all-school presentation for Peck, Ken Walker and Martine Walker. Each of them are leaving the school this year and moving on to new adventures. The students sang their own version of “Goodbye, Farewell” from the Sound of Music, directed by Cauley. A lot of tears were shed. The school will miss them.

After the ceremonies, there was a community potluck lunch with pulled pork provided by Terry Cox of Rolling Smoke BBQ.

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