[Editor’s note: Dana Road Pre-K did, indeed, hold a graduation, however Kindergarten had virtual awards. The statements that Pre-K did not hold a graduation have been removed from the article.]
For unknown reasons, Dana Road Kindergarten did not have a graduation ceremony to celebrate their youngest students’ long year of hard work. These students started their academic careers during a pandemic, which is not easy.
Kindergarten is one of the most important building blocks to a child’s academic career and gives them social skills, problem solving skills, emotional support and memories. One of the most important goals of kindergarten is self-esteem building.
Dr. Alora McGowen McGriggs was not accepting of the decision made by the school and saw to it that her granddaughter was recognized for her achievements and got a kindergarten graduation like her friends at other schools.
When asked if she knew this might spark some controversy, she said, “It doesn’t matter to me. These children are important, and they deserve to be celebrated. I will do this every year if I have to.”
Faith started kindergarten August of 2020 using Zoom and Google classroom like all other students in the district. It is especially hard keeping a child that age focused on schoolwork through the computer while also being at home, so it was a challenge for students, teachers, and parents alike.
Christal Jones, mother of Faith, said that in order to keep the young girl busy this summer, she would be taking summer additional academic classes to prepare her for 1st grade.
“We want to celebrate our babies. I’m doing everything I can as a mom for her because she deserves it,” Christal Jones said after being asked why she chose to do this.
Many parents may feel this way, and if you want your child to have a Kindergarten graduation feel free to contact Dr. McGriggs at: [email protected].