At about 9:30 a.m. the doors of the Miller and Driscoll schools opened and about 650 kindergarteners and first graders poured out. The schools had their Unity Celebration commemorating the schools becoming one.
Once all the students were on the field and organized in a circle, Principal Cheryl Jensen-Gerner addressed them and began the festivities. "This is Miller-Driscoll all together," Jensen-Gerner told the children. "Next year you will be all together."
The colors for the day were the school colors for next year: red for Driscoll, blue for Miller and white for Miller-Driscoll. Keeping with the patriotic colors the school also adopted the theme of "United We Stand" for the day and next year, and sang several patriotic songs.
The students then joined hands while Jensen-Gerner told them there would no longer be a Miller side or a Driscoll side, just Miller-Driscoll. She also said the banner they all signed will hang in the front of the school next year.
The school day began with six students and Jensen-Gerner presenting a donation to Ken Dartley of the Veteran's Memorial Committee and to First Selectman Bill Brennan. The help pay for a Veterans Memorial on the town green.
The school also welcomed many parents, as well as Superintendent Dr. Gary Richards and Assistant Superintendent Arlene Gottesman. All guests wore the appropriate colors, and Richards and Gottesman wore handmade shirts matching the students'.
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