Child Development Center teachers and parents celebrated the Class of 2010’s graduates from early primary on Tuesday afternoon.The 12 eager children ranged in ages from 5 years old to 6 years old.

The students sang, read out loud, presented their parents with gifts and gave CDC Director Nikki Harmon beautiful painted canvases.

The center thrives on small class sizes and teachers who dedicate ample time to each student’s individual needs, said the teachers and parents of the CDC. The graduates sat outside in their multi-colored dresses and suits, proudly speaking about their accomplishments and how happy they were to have been a part of the program.

The students resembled little adults with manners and a sense of poise and achievement when they spoke.

“I am very proud of our students. They put a lot of time and effort into this graduation ceremony and I am going to miss them,” said Dayana Soto, a teacher.

The ceremony was moved a week earlier from its original date due to the concerns that many PCC parents and students had. They wanted to attend the graduation of their children, but could not due to scheduling conflicts with finals being the same week, Harmon said.

On the front cover of the graduation program was the creative artwork of Brooklynn Morales, a 2010 graduate, and one of the speakers at the ceremony.

“I am very proud of her and all her accomplishments,” said Militza Avilla Chavez, one of Brooklynn’s godparents. “What the CDC provides for students and parents are priceless.”

At the end of the ceremony, Harmon reminded all parents to be involved in their child’s lives and to always feed their hunger for knowledge.

“When your child leaves this program, they are ready for the next stage,” Harmon said.

In the graduation of the CDC, Claudia Hernandez was rewarded for her contribution to the school. (Michael Baroon Del-Cid)

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