Our school has traditions for the second last and last days of school.
Day 179 is Hot Dog Day. In the morning we do yearbook autographing. For noon we have a hot dog roast- this is a big deal for the students. Then in the afternoon the students play a school-wide game of 22 (also a big deal seeing as we have 100 students and this is probably the only time all 12 grades play together). After that we practice for the picnic races.
Day 180 (on a Friday) is school picnic. School is only till noon. At 2 pm the festivities start with a short program where each class does a five minute presentation. Then it’s out to the races. We do a team relay; it varies each year but includes things like sack racing, speed reading, apple bobbing. We make teams of 10 students, spanning the grade spectrum. Each team has a responsible captain from high school. He or she assigns each student their roles (this is done on Hot Dog Day alread, when practising). The relay is the highlight of picnic day. After that are running races and high jumps (each class separately); all students are required to participate.
The evening features a good supper, tractor rides, baseball, soccer, and much visiting. This is a huge community event where extended families and any friends with past connections to our school show up. Normally over 500 plates are served on a donation basis. After a good day like that, one has a satisfying and nostalgic close to a good school year.