As the final bell sounded at Curtis High School, students grabbed their backpacks and hurriedly made their way to the schools exit. A storm of flying papers and last-minute yearbook swaps were exchanged and, in a matter of minutes, the schools hallways fell silent.
Not only was today the last day of school for University Place School District students, but it also marked the first official day of summer.
Im looking forward to recharging my batteries, said Don Rose, Curtis Highs music teacher. Im ready to have time to do some home improvement on my house on Salmon Beach.
As for students, summer plans included vacations, working and getting some much needed relaxation.
Curtis High sophomore Calena Jones said, I get to take my drivers test and volunteer this summer. Im excited to finally be able to drive places.
Besides having more free time and warmer weather, South Sound residents can also look forward to a few other large events this week to kick off summer.
Following the summer solstice, a large "supermoon" will take place. If youre willing to get up early on Sunday, youll be able to witness the moon in its full phase and largest state.
In addition, the Foss Waterway Seaport has a new exhibit, "Boating Through the Decades," which will open Saturday and remain open through the rest of the Seaport's summer season.
More summer events involving music, theater, food, and festivals can be found at calendar.thenewstribune.com/tacoma_wa/events/tacoma+summer+events.
Also, check out the Northwest Hiking Guide where you can search hiking trails that have been reviewed by The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch Hiking/Backpacking Committee: http://wwwb.thenewstribune.com/hikes/.
Although today signifies the longest day of the year, there is still plenty of time to enjoy Tacomas many diverse activities. Browse the summer calendar and see what interests you.