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Friday, June 22, 2012

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Union Elementary School student Maggie Hayes (left) mingles with her friends from Dobbins Elementary School, including Rachel Murray (middle) and Lauren Melillo during Poland's fourth-grade meet and greet at Camelot Lanes bowling alley June 1.

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North Elementary School teacher Renee Gesacion (left) smiles with student Lexi Diaz as they began to bowl during Poland's fourth-grade meet and greet event June 1 at Camelot Lanes.

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Dobbins Elementary School student Skyler Hudson picks out her faviorite bowling ball during Poland's fourth-grade meet and greet June 1.

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Students from Union, North and Dobbins Elementary Schools posed together before bowling during Poland's fourth-grade meet and greet event at Camelot Lanes June 1. They are, from left, Max Josten, Madison Genova, Maekaiya French, Bill Ghinda, Zach Ellis, Michael Kushner and Michael Galterio.

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Neighbors | EARTHA TERRELL.Union Elementary School student Dino Mario D'Aleso (left) smiles with his classmate Geno Gallo while they bowl during Poland's fourth-grade meet and greet event at Camelot Lanes in Boardman June 1.

By EARTHA TERRELL

eterrell@vindy.com

Moving to a new school can be a bit intimidating for some students. That’s why the Poland schools decided to host an event to ease the fears of fourth-graders who will be moving to McKinley Elementary next year for fifth and sixth grade.

Students from North, Dobbins and Union all gathered at Camelot Lanes in Boardman for a meet-and-greet June 1 for a ‘Get to Know Each Other’ celebration.

“Sometimes, it eases their fear about moving on to a new building. It’s one more way for students to get to know each other,” said Marilyn Johnstone, fourth-grade teacher.

The crashing of bowling pins falling, music and roars of children filled the building. Students from all three schools bowled together and ate pizza. They had no problem making new friends.

“They absolutely love it. They are excited about meeting new students,” Johnstone said.

The annual event helps students become more acquainted with their future classmates and encourages them to socialize.


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