Last day of classes for Columbus City Schools

Columbus City Schools were transitioning into summer Thursday on the final day of classes. (WSYX / WTTE)

Thursday was the last day of classes for more than 51,000 students in Columbus City Schools.

Wedgewood Middle School Principal Diane Campbell said her teachers were focusing on a message that learning and high expectations for students don't stop when the school year does.

"Our Message is to always be confident," Campbell said. "We believe in you, and have a safe summer."

8th Grade student Anthony Blakesley said he's already anxious about the transition to high school, and he reflected on his best middle school memories.

"Being able to compete against other schools on the sports teams," Blakesley said. "Being able to have fun with my friends every day."

Student Nathaniel Yang brought boxed chocolates and handwritten notes to show appreciation for his teachers.

"What Wedgewood middle school meant to me was a lot because I've been here since sixth grade, and all the teachers were very supportive and helpful," Yang said.

Campbell said teachers were also spending the final school day helping students enroll in summer school and other programs.

The district was encouraging students, staff, and parents to share memories and pictures on social media along with #LastDayCCS.