Miltona fifth graders say farewell

Parents of Miltona Elementary students organize a graduation parade.

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Miltona bus drivers participated in the parade for fifth grade graduates June 2. (Courtesy of Uhde Photography)

Miltona Elementary usually celebrates the graduating fifth graders with a student-teacher egg toss and a school-wide meeting, but those were cancelled this year because of the pandemic.

Two parents, Andrea Sonju and Katie DeGier, planned an alternative gathering.

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Miltona Elementary teachers waved to the fifth grade graduates on the parade route. (Courtesy of Uhde Photography)

The Miltona Fire Department, teachers, families, bus drivers and community members drove past the fifth graders for a graduation parade June 2. They were lined up six feet apart on Main Street, and each student received a diploma, balloon and gift bag.


“They were overwhelmed with emotions,” Sonju said. “They shed some tears, laughed and were so excited to see their classmates and teachers.”

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Dean Jesnowski supported his fifth grade daughter Averi Jesnowski in the Miltona graduation parade. He drove Alyssa Revering (left to right), Mia Jesnowski, Rylin Converse and Adyson Revering along the route on Main Street. (Courtesy of Uhde Photography)

Jasmine Johnson joined the Echo Press staff in May 2020 as a general assignment reporter. She grew up in Becker, Minn., and later studied journalism and graphic design at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.
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