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Goff Elevation Celebration paradeHoward L. Goff Middle School hosted a drive-by Elevation Celebration parade for the 8th grade class on Monday afternoon. The celebration marked just over three months since these students walked out the doors of Goff for what would be the last time.

Since March, the 8th grade class has missed out on their long awaited class trip to Washington D.C., sports banquets, an entire season of modified sports, their final middle school band and chorus concerts, Field Day and the Spring musical as well as awards ceremonies and art shows.

Concerned about the impact of the pandemic on this important milestone, a group of parents endeavored to give the kids a celebration to remember. In a span of about three weeks, the group raised just over $10,000 in community donations in order to put together a gift bag of specialty items for the incoming Columbia High School Class of 2024. A generous donation from Regeneron made it possible for the group to provide each student with a custom “Class of 2024” sweatshirt. The bag will also include, among other things, gifts from 16 Handles, Franny’s Farmhouse, Gene’s Fish Fry, Starbucks, Stewart’s Shops and a local favorite – cookies from Deb Carpinello! Hannaford graciously donated the reusable bags.

During the parade, Goff Middle School teachers, staff, and administrators lined up along the sidewalk in front of school, cheering and celebrating the 8th grade students as they drove by the building with their families in their vehicles.

Special thanks to the East Greenbush and Best Luther Fire Companies and the East Greenbush Police Department for their participation in the festivities.

Congratulations to the Columbia Class of 2024!