North Florida Child Development, Inc.’s, South Gulf County Early Learning Center, located across from the Gulf/Franklin Center, on Field of Dreams Avenue off of Highway 98; held its second annual Pre-K graduation since relocating to their new 7,800 square foot state of the art Early Child Development Facility. The ceremony under the direction of Center Manager, Mrs. Jan Cherry was held on Thursday, May 22. Family, friends, and community were invited to attend the ceremony to witness 18 students perform and celebrate their “readiness for kindergarten.”
The ceremony began with the welcome by Mrs. Melanie Quinn-Larry, the four year old classroom teacher, who worked so very hard along with Mrs. Gina Hamilton to prepare the children to give their families such a delightful treat before the children received their Readiness Certificate.
Ms. Sherry Bolden, Family Case Manager, did a wonderful introduction of each program performance and of all the children as they received their diplomas. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ashley Rojas and Rion Farmer; the class sang Tooty Tot, one of their very favorites, a song that teaches through music and movement and develops listening skills; the days of the week was recited by Darion Cherry, Brandon Johnson and Aubrey Armstead; the months of the year was recited by Brody Little, Kaylee Lowery and Bernard Simmons; counting to 10 in Spanish was recited by Ashley Rojas and Jose Ruiz; counting to 100 by 10’s was recited by Jayden Reese, Aubree Purdy and Abigail Levins. The students preformed various nursery rhymes: Hickory Dickory Dock was recited by Casen Hill, Samuel Erickson and Bernard Simmons; Humpty Dumpty was recited by Aubree Purdy, Ahsley Rojas and Brandon Johnson; Jack and Jill was recited by Kaylee Lowery, Darion Cherry and Jayden Reese.
The guest speaker was Midshipman 4th Class Javarri Beachum. Javarri began his education and discovered his love for learning while attending North Florida Headstart in downtown Port St. Joe and transitioned with the program to the Highland View location. Javarri is a 2000 graduate of North Florida Child Development and entered formal education at Port St. Joe Elementary; from there he continued at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School and was a member of the Class of 2013. While attending Port St. Joe High School he enjoyed playing soccer and baseball for the Sharks. During this time of Javarri’s life he dedicated a lot of his time to helping others and being a role model. Javarri recently completed the Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island where he had a great year meeting new friends and learning new things. He is preparing to go to Annapolis, MD to attend the United Stated Naval Academy. Javarri’s long term goal is to be a pilot and fly the world’s best planes. During his speech Javarri spoke directly to the students and their parents; he told them that they could achieve anything they dreamed. He also asked the students to give their parents a big hand of applause and thanks for helping and supporting them. He reminded the parents of the value of their continued support.
Mrs. Jan Cherry, the Center Manager, closed by making special recognitions of those employees and volunteers who spent many hours preparing for the wonderful event. Special thanks to parents; teachers Melaine Quinn-Larry, Jessica Williams and Gina Hamilton for their hard work and dedication to educating our students; FCM Harmony Booker for helping develop our program; teacher Joanna Levins for the great end of the year slide show; Hilary Patterson (Juice Box Photography) for the great cap & gown and class pictures; Mr. Ronnie Cherry and Mr. Algy Wade for grilling the food; Ms. Nicole Laquera our Chef for preparing the remaining food for the children, families, community, staff and friend; Pepper’s Mexican Restaurant for supporting our program throughout this school year; Policy Council Members and the Board of Directors of North Florida Child Development.
2014 South Gulf County Early Learning Center’s Graduates include:
Aubrey Armstead, Darion Cherry, Michael Ellwood, Samuel Erickson, Rion Farmer, Arturo Fonseca, Michael Garcia, Casen Hill, Brandon Johnson, Abigail Levins, Brody Little, Kaylee Lowery, Aubree Purdy,
Jayden Reese, Ashley Rojas, Jose Ruiz, Bernard Simmons III and Curtis Whiddon.