On June 30th, José Martí CDC staff, teachers, and families gathered to celebrate and honor the 88 students from José Martí Child Development Center who successfully completed the school year and are graduating to kindergarten this year, including our first 10 graduates from our newest classrooms at Hirabayashi Place! The children worked hard all year long and made outstanding progress in all areas of development (social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language), so they are now ready for their next step: kindergarten!
The ceremony was held at the Centilia Cultural Center with a potluck dinner provided by our kitchen and parents, and each class shared their talents through cultural presentations for their families. It was really special event with the the children from Arcoiris singing “Hello and Bonjour,” De Colores danced to “La Iguana,” La Lluvia performed “Soy una taza,” Cristal “Último día,” El Viento danced “La Negra Lorenza,” and Hirabayashi sang “We are the Children of the World/Somos Niños del Mundo” in four different languages!
Also, for the tenth year in a row José Martí CDC partnered with the Seattle Public Library to promote literacy and bi-literacy goals, so Cikeithia Pugh and the teachers presented each child with a book bag and certificate for their year of dedicated reading with the Raising a Reader Program!
We would like to give a big thank you to the ECEAP and Step Ahead programs for making it possible for many of our students to attend preschool. We also want to thank our guest Lobo Tejada del Sol for his collaboration and support during the entire presentation, and a special thanks to Milvia Pacheco for sharing her cultural experience with the children. In addition, many thanks to all of our parents for supporting their children’s educations and for their involvement in the program. Last but not least, a BIG congratulations to our graduates for a great year — we are so proud of all of our students and wish you the best of luck in kindergarten!