BY AMANDA MOSES
Large silver and gold balloons covered in graduate caricatures and well wishes, such as “Go, Grad!” and “Congrats, Grad!” floated precariously around PS 346’s auditorium. Parents eagerly filled in the auditorium’s seats as they waited in anticipation for their children’s pre-kindergarten stepping up ceremony.
The celebration commenced with dance music as the children marched onto the stage wearing violet shirts with the slogan, “Early years are learning years,” etched across it. As the students filed into place, one of the parents donned their naval uniform and led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance. This orchestration of American pride was followed by PS 346’s mantra, “The Bucket Filler’s Pledge”, which is a series of statements that reinforces tolerance, friendship, and humanitarianism.
PS 346’s stepping up ceremony was a testament to all the pre-kindergarten learned throughout the school year. The children sang songs about the days of the week, counting to 100, and months in the year. They even recited classic nursery rhymes, which included “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Little Miss Muffet,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Humpty Dumpty,” and “Jack & Jill.”
The festivities culminated with a fun sing-along, “We’re off to Kindergarten,” which had many parents standing and clapping with joy.
Photos by Amanda Moses