, Derry, New Hampshire


June 20, 2013

Back to the beginning

Graduating seniors revisit their elementary schools


“Everything seems so small, it’s really weird,” he said.

Or it could be he just got much taller. Most students noticed the size of the chairs, the tables and how compact the spaces were now.

“It also smells the same, but it smells good,” Maureen Maney said.

Her friend Miranda Marchetti said there were a lot of memories flooding back as she faced graduation that night.

Pat Fitzgerald, 18, got a big hug from Matthew Thornton principal Carol Mack as he entered the cafeteria.

“I just want to cry,” he said. “It’s so amazing.”

Listening to what the seniors had to say is a big part of the morning, assistant teacher Katie Tobin said. Hearing their dreams, what they remember, and where they are headed is special.

“I love it, I love listening to them,” she said. “Coming back here, they all have their memories.”

Mack is preparing to make her own exit and will retire as Matthew Thornton’s principal at the end of this year. She said the seniors were all a class act.

“There are a lot of memories here,” she said.

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