June 05, 2019 | News
2nd Annual ‘Bridge Walk’ Symbolically Prepares Third Grade Students for Upper Campus

As their final year on PBDA’s Lower Campus comes to an end, the Third Grade students walked across the Royal Park Bridge on the morning of June 5th for the second annual Bridge Walk. The walk symbolizes an important transition for the students as they prepare to become Upper Campus students beginning in the ‘19-’20 school year.

After taking in their final moments on the Lower Campus and in their Third Grade classrooms, the students and their teachers departed from the Lower Campus in West Palm Beach to begin the 1.3 mile Bridge Walk to the Upper Campus on Palm Beach island.

After crossing the Royal Park Bridge, students enjoyed a brief rest stop in The Society of the Four Arts’ pavilion where parent cheerleaders and Upper Campus faculty members were waiting with popsicles and water for the students. Sarah Kemeness, PBDA’s Head of Upper Campus, was also there to greet the students with hugs and cheers before joining them in the last leg of their march up Seaview Avenue toward the Upper Campus. Fourth Grade students – who completed last year’s inaugural Bridge Walk – were waiting in front of the Upper Campus to cheer on the final few moments of the walk and to officially welcome the students to campus as the new Fourth Grade class. 

“The walk across the Royal Park Bridge symbolizes an important step in the education of our Third Grade students,” said Martha Bjorklund, Head of the Lower Campus at PBDA and fellow participant in the Bridge Walk. “The new tradition creates a defining moment for our students who, at the end of the summer, will transition to Upper Campus students and embrace the complexity of all that middle school has to offer including added responsibilities, independence, and accountability.”

“The Fourth Grade marks an important turning point for students in their PBDA journey,” said Sarah Kemeness, Head of the Upper Campus at PBDA. “As Fourth Graders, students are introduced to a Homeroom model, are expected to fulfill a minimum of 1 hour per trimester of community service, and experience a new set of academic challenges as they begin their education as Upper Campus students.” 

After completing their Bridge Walk and upon arriving at what will be their new home, come September 3, students were greeted by the Fourth Grade teachers before joining the current Fourth Graders for a joint lunch period where the two grades intermixed to further solidify mentorships. The Third Graders spent the remainder of their afternoon on the Upper Campus participating in a rotation of Enrichment activities including drawing, painting and music.