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Students celebrate last day of school with dances, parade (w/video)

By Carolina Astrain
June 5, 2014 at 1:05 a.m.
Updated June 6, 2014 at 1:06 a.m.

Third-graders cheer at the fifth annual Students' Choice Torres Elementary Parade in Victoria.

Cassie Hernandez checked her phone as she waited with her husband, Abraham Hernandez, for the Torres Elementary School parade, featuring their three daughters, to begin.

"I don't know what their dances are," Cassie Hernandez, 29, said. "I told them not to tell me; I wanted to be surprised."

Her husband stood close behind her as a mass of pre-kindergarten students dressed as tiny yellow aliens broke into dance to the tune of the popular Pharrell Williams song "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2."

It was the last day of school, and students, teachers and parents were eager to see the day's end.

The sun shone brightly over the audience as student performers from the different grade levels walked through the crowds in waves with varying themed dances.

Abraham Hernandez, of La Pryor near Uvalde, said his family has enjoyed the programs the Victoria school district has offered.

"I feel like they try," Hernandez said. "Our kids have had a lot more opportunities here, and they're getting more help."

His wife said she's also enjoyed working with the faculty.

At the parade, art teacher Kecia Garcia was honored for her leadership in the National PepsiCo. Dream Machine Recycle Rally. Through her efforts and student participation, the campus was awarded the $25,000 grand prize.

As a former VISD student, Cassie Hernandez said she's seen much improvement in the district since becoming a parent.

"They took the extra effort to get us involved with their learning, and I really liked that," the mother said. "The girls love it, too, because it means they always have something to do."



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