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North Dayton School of Discovery Eighth Grade Students Celebrate Graduation

Eighth-graders at North Dayton School of Discovery celebrated graduation in a variety of ways this year as final sendoffs before making the jump to high school.
The school, which has outperformed the local district for three years, held its third annual All White Recognition where the scholars wore white and performed the song, “Optimistic,” drumming along on buckets.
Scholars also heard from guest speaker Marlon Shackelford, whose message was to maintain a positive attitude as scholars moved through high school. He also encouraged scholars to speak with their elders and take in their wealth of knowledge.

Writing on a ceiling tile.North Dayton School of Discovery scholars painted a ceiling tile at the school with this quote to commemorate the Class of 2023.

The celebration honored 51 scholars with completion certificates. Nine scholars received the Compass Award for attending the school from kindergarten through eighth grade.
The day before the celebration, eighth-grade scholars enjoyed a special cookout luncheon, playing touch football and enjoying time together before they head off to high school.
North Dayton’s scholars will be a part of the school forever with a part of the school’s ceiling adorned by handprints from each scholar. Included is their class quote: “It isn’t where you come from that matters, it’s where you’re going that counts.”

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About North Dayton School of Discovery
North Dayton School of Discovery is a tuition-free, public charter school in Dayton, Ohio, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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