Honks, hugs, cheers and tears mingled last Thursday as students and teachers said goodbye to Middleton Elementary School for the summer.

Blake Vo, 6, apparently couldn't wait to start his summer, as he was one of the first students to board his bus.

While most District 833 schools ran the final bell last Friday, students at Middleton, Grey Cloud and Bailey elementary schools go out a day early so that District 833 staff could prep the buildings for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement later this summer.