BY AMANDA MOSES
Dr. Seuss was more than a poetic writer who penned children’s literature; he was an innovator at the forefront of positive thinking and self-empowerment. Perhaps that is why so often children’s graduations, like this year’s Starrett Early Learning Center’s (SELC) moving-up ceremonies, incorporate his books into celebratory themes. Nursery rhymes are not just poems that teach children how to read—they are inspirational sayings that we all can learn from. SELC prides itself on providing their students with the tools necessary to grow, and the product of this year’s progress is apparent when watching their tiny toddlers move up to pre-kindergarten.
On June 14th, SELC held a moving-up ceremony for their two and three year olds who are entering the first stage of their education. The ceremony was held in the Brooklyn Sports Club’s (BSC) gymnasium, and began with opening remarks from SELC Program Director, Tammy Moore, and Devorah Fong, who serves as both the SELC Board of Directors President and Spring Creek Towers’ Director of Community Relations and Public Affairs. Both women acknowledged the importance of parental involvement in education and the positive impact reading has on children.
This year’s moving-up classes recited songs in Spanish, like “Las Partes del Cuerpo and Un Pequeno Dedo,” as well as poems. In between each performance, parents and teachers, who were nominated to speak, discussed the teamwork involved in instructing the toddlers. The journey was not always easy, but together they worked to help the students grow.
The graduation culminated with moving-up diplomas, attendance awards, and certificates of appreciation for parents and teachers.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
-Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Photos by Amanda Moses