Sixty-three preschoolers sang out as each was congratulated and handed a diploma at the Family Center's Head Start Preschool's annual graduation ceremony on Thursday.
The school focuses on classroom setting curriculums including speech development and help for non-english speaking students. Teachers say with 32 children going off to kindergarden, each preschooler has strived to reach their potential with the educational and caring support of teachers and parents.
"They work so hard and our program is a full year, full day program. These children are here from September through August and when June comes around, we want to share with everybody who will listen, all of the accomplishments we have made."
"Teachers do everything, and I want to help the teachers do a lot of things," said one preschooler.
For the second year in a row, about 20 employees of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Wealth Management in Greenwich helped provide lunch and volunteer their services to the program.
"It's just a core value of our firm to give back and when you can do it with children that have a bright future ahead of them, give them hope and inspiration and have them feel that special feeling, that will allow them to stay in school and keep doing great things in education."
"I'm excited to go into kindergarten because I meet new friends," said another preschooler. "I like when we were singing and took pictures."
"Our children graduate twice, so they have time to perfect it before they march on to kindergarten. But it's a wonderful celebration with families, our donors, our community supporters and most of all our volunteers, who we could not pull off this event if they weren't here today."