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PECS’ send-off party gets summer rolling

Mattie Platt, left, and Grace Osceola entertained and delighted the crowd with their dance moves during the summer send-off fashion show. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

BRIGHTON — Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School celebrated the end of the school year with a “Super Summer Send-off” party in its gym May 23. Parents were invited to the bash, which featured 78 students walking the gym’s “runway” in a fashion show of traditional patchwork, summer fashion and anything else the students felt was appropriate for the party.

During the fashion show, they were encouraged to be creative with skits, moves and waves to the rest of the student body gathered in the bleachers.

Although the bash appeared to be all fun, games and raffles for door prizes, it was also an opportunity for school administration to give parents information for next year.

Information shared through videotaped skits and slides on the big screen included the school’s code of conduct, dress code and safe school information about the state’s suspicious activity reporting tool, FortifyFL. The app allows users to easily relay information to law enforcement agencies and school officials in real time.

Door prizes included gift cards, annual school athletic game passes, picnic baskets filled with summer treats and a beach wagon overflowing with fun summer items including beach chairs, towels and an oversized beach ball.

Emery Spencer, left, and Sarah Randolph modeled patchwork fashion during the PECS summer send-off May 23, 2023. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Students were encouraged to show their personalities during the fashion show and Jeremy Smith, in yellow, and Sam Van Camp did so gleefully. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at