The books are closed. The exams are taken.
Gillingham Charter School celebrated the completion of its first year of existence Tuesday. Students, teachers, school officials and volunteers had a picnic, signed yearbooks and planted a dogwood tree.
"The whole idea with the yearbook is 'Taking Root,' so that represents our inaugural year," Nicolle M. Hutchinson, director of education and CEO, said. "We planted the tree to commemorate our first year and to watch it grow as we grow."
The family of Tobin Zartman, a sixth-grader at the charter school, donated the tree.
Hutchinson said that Gillingham came a long way in one year, as Thursday is also the charter school's birthday.
On June 7, 2011, the State Charter Appeals Board, Harrisburg, unanimously approved the charter for the Gillingham Charter School Collaborative.