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Chloe Pomernackas

Chloe Pomernackas had some eloquent thoughts while looking back at her elementary school years.

Chloe, 11, is a Council Bluffs native and, as of 2:05 p.m. yesterday afternoon, she was a former fifth-grader at Hoover Elementary School. Just hours before the final bell of the school year, Chloe reflected on her time at the place she has called her second home since preschool.

“It’s been my home away from home,” she said. “It’s going to be hard to leave, but I also know that I’ll be leaving a part of me here.”

Although she said she cried a few times knowing she’ll be leaving Hoover as a student, she is excited about moving on to Kirn Middle School next fall. She said her teachers have helped her grow over the years and have prepared her for the next chapter of her life.

“And I know that if I do get scared, I have amazing friends who will help me,” she said.

Like most of her peers, Chloe is excited about having a full summer in front of her. She said she plans on making new routines for herself to keep her motivated for handling the new responsibilities that will come with getting older. She said she’ll be dogsitting a golden labrador named Claire Bear for her dad’s friend, Woody, over the summer, which is a good first step.

“I want to get into the habit of taking on bigger responsibilities,” she said. “When I get into sixth grade it will be a big responsibility, so I think this will help me to advance on and on and on.”

Chloe also plans on having some fun in the sun. Having a neighbor with a pool, she said there will be no shortage of good times with friends and family over the next couple of months.

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