Graduate Isla Exner carried the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance at graduation at the 9 a.m. Friday graduation. Exner is headed to kindergarten. Photo by Katrina Wilson

CDC pre-k students ready to start kindergarten

Almost 20 students were adorned in cap and gown at the 9 a.m. Strong Beginnings graduation ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Cody Child Development Center Friday.

“It’s hard to believe ... its time for their first graduation,” said Tami McCarter, Cody Child Development Center director.

She emphasized to parents to take it all in that their child will soon be in kindergarten. She added that just like the Rascal Flats song, “Let Them be Little” describes — in the blink of an eye it is time to let them go and grow up. Let them be little because they will only be that little for a short time.

During the 9 a.m. graduation the students performed a song about getting ready for school, conducted sign language, two students wrote and recited the alphabet and one student led the alphabet chant.

McCarter pointed out that the students did not just learn academics over the year, but learned how to be in an environment that’s conducive to accepting others.

“I want them to have a love and thirst of learning because it’s fun, not just for next year, but in the future,” McCarter said.

JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly A. Peeples spoke at the end of the ceremony. She thanked the faculty and staff at the CDC for their hard work, thanked the parents and then thanked the students.

“Thank you all for coming in every day,” Peeples said to the students. “You are our future. Oh, the places you’ll go. Congratulations.”

There was also a 10 and 11 a.m. graduations Friday, for a total of 60 students moving on to kindergarten.

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