Thursday, September 24, 2020

St Mark’s Preschool Graduation, Next Stop, Kindergarten!


Yara Nicolas shines as she crosses the stage with her diploma.

Yara Nicolas shines as she crosses the stage with her diploma.

On Wednesday, May 17 at 6 PM, the St. Mark’s sanctuary was filled with excited, camera-ready parents and family members anticipating the graduation march of

Fergina Holdsworth with Miss Peggy. Photos by Jodi Pree

Fergina Holdsworth with Miss Peggy. Photos by Jodi Pree

their five-year-olds. While parents waited anxiously, the dedicated teachers hurried to make sure every graduate had their cap and gown on perfectly and were lined
Zane Sprigg and his light-up shoes lead the graduation march.

Zane Sprigg and his light-up shoes lead the graduation march.

up in their proper places, but with 33 little ones, these teachers were ready for the unexpected; especially when nine students all had to “go
The graduating class of 2017 sings to their audience.

The graduating class of 2017 sings to their audience.

to the bathroom” right at show time.

“I’ve done this before,” explains the seemingly un-phased Connor Rice amid the chaos. “We had to do this same

From left: Miss Karin, Director Peggy Totten, Miss Monica, and Miss Shelley.

From left: Miss Karin, Director Peggy Totten, Miss Monica, and Miss Shelley.

thing for the Christmas Pageant. I’m used to waiting. Today is a big day. I have on a tie and a belt.”

Shortly after 6 PM,

Nico Carvelli proudly shows his missing tooth.

Nico Carvelli proudly shows his missing tooth.

the preschoolers made their way down the aisle and took their places on stage. Director Peggy Totten led the children in performing three songs: “Love
Little girls play “Ring around the Rosie” in the aisle.

Little girls play “Ring around the Rosie” in the aisle.

Grows,” “Mi Cuerpo,” and “Hola Hola I Say Hi.”

The children then lined up to receive their diplomas from Father Kyle Bennett after their teachers had

Happy parents cheer for the graduates.

Happy parents cheer for the graduates.

announced their names. Each child stopped to give a hug to their teacher and pause for a photo-op for the proud parents.

“This marks our sixth

Miss Monica and Miss Peggy surround Wilfrid Ramirez.

Miss Monica and Miss Peggy surround Wilfrid Ramirez.

preschool graduation at St. Mark’s. All our students are special. Each year, I tell myself that I’m not going to cry, but this has been
Connor Rice proudly receives his diploma from Father Kyle Bennett.

Connor Rice proudly receives his diploma from Father Kyle Bennett.

an especially tough year for one of our students,” explains Miss Monica. “Wilfrid Ramirez was diagnosed with leukemia right after enrolling at St. Mark’s. He
Proud parents snap photos of their little graduates.

Proud parents snap photos of their little graduates.

has been undergoing chemotherapy all year. Today, he is doing well, but he will be facing seven more years of treatments.”

Following the graduation ceremony, the celebration continued with a potluck dinner.

For more information on St. Mark’s Preschool call 239-394-7242, ext. 95.

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