Starrett Early Learning Center’s Virtual Stepping Up Ceremony

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is not only a beautiful book written by Dr. Seuss, but it’s wise prose is the perfect salute to the graduates of 2020. This has been a tumultuous school year for students, teachers, parents, and educational administrators. They worked tirelessly to prepare critical thinking lessons both in person at the beginning of school year and virtually at the end of it.

The Starrett Early Learning Center (SELC) ended another successful school year filled with amazing achievements for their educational instruction of two, three, and four-year-old children. In March, due to COVID-19, each of the classes worked remotely with their teachers through Class Dojo, a free online educational platform designed to facilitate communication between teachers and families. SELC teachers shared classroom activities for students to participate in from home via videos, photos, journal entries, and drawings.

Culminating the school year, SELC Director, Tammy Moore and her staff celebrated their students with virtual stepping up ceremonies using Zoom, a video/audio application, from June 23rd to June 25th.

On June 23rd, the first set of graduates were the 4K students, who donned crowns as their teachers played slideshows and videos of their amazing work. The children learned how to work as a team completing projects in the classroom, such as painting together and conducting various science experiments. 

In addition, the children celebrated all of the major holidays with creative projects, and even showed school pride during School Choice Week, where they paraded around the community chanting that SELC’s is the perfect place to learn.

On June 24th, the 3K Moving Up Day Celebration was a splendor to watch as teachers discussed the plethora of activities offered via Zoom. The staff showcased photos from the children’s first day to their many remote learning experiments with parents.

On June 25th, the Two’s Moving Up Day Celebration used fun music to entertain the children in attendance, such as Sesame Street’s “If Your Happy and You Know It” and Patty Shukla’s “Graduation is here.”  Many were moved to tears to see that the little ones were embarking on the initial steppingstones to their educational future.

“We’ve come to the end of a challenging yet, successful Early Childhood school year at Starrett Early Learning Center,” stated Moore to all of the parents.

On the zoom platform, everyone was beaming with pride as families and educational instructors acknowledged their children’s steadfast work and remarked that they can’t wait to see “The Places They’ll Go.”

At the end of the ceremony, the children were given virtual stepping up and moving up certificates.

Screenshots by Amanda Moses and Pamela Stern