BLACK ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Formany schools in Region 8 this is the last week of school, but for Black RockHigh School it was the last one ever. Next year, they'll be attending school atWalnut Ridge because the districts consolidated.
What is usually a day allstudents and teachers look forward to was a difficult one for many.
"We are so close with oneanother," said Black Rock Teacher Tracy Vance. "We help each other inside ofschool and outside of school."
A teacher, alumnus and amember of the Black Rock Family, to her it's more than just a place she works.
"My parents went to schoolhere, I went to school here all my life and my kids have gone to school here,"said Vance. "A lot of people here I went to school with or grew up with, andthis is like my second home."
There were a lot of tearsbut sharing a special moment with students who won't graduate from Black Rockhelped bring a smile to her face.
"When I had the juniors insecond grade we made a time capsule," said Vance. "We opened it back up andthey had written the second graders of 2015, so we read those together and itbrought back memories."
She said her last daythere felt like the end of a book.
"When you get to the endthere are so many emotions," she said. "You're happy you read it."
It's was a bitter sweetfeeling for Black Rock Junior Bridget Sloan. Although, she wanted to graduateas a zebra, she has a positive attitude about her new school.
"We know we're going tomake the best of it because we're zebras and we know where we come from," saidSloan.