Their First Graduation

Showing off some of the many subjects that they learned, SHIP preschoolers delighted the audience.
Showing off some of the many subjects that they learned, SHIP preschoolers delighted the audience.
Enjoying the festive occasion, this group of graduates sang several songs that kept all the smart phones recording.
Enjoying the festive occasion, this group of graduates sang several songs that kept all the smart phones recording.

This graduation won’t be their last, in another 13 years they’ll don their cap and gown and join their classmates for the traditional processional march as they leave Walt Whitman High School. But earlier this week our 4-year-old preschoolers took their leave of the SHIP Preschool Program, a free play-group experience for 3- and 4-year-old residents of the South Huntington School District.

Those who are familiar with our SHIP preschool program know that there wasn't a dry eye in the house during this year's stellar moving-up exercise. Cameras flashed and tears of joy rolled freely as our community's youngest students stood proudly in front of their families to receive their preschool diplomas. There is something truly refreshing about the look of limitless opportunity emblazoned on the faces of four-year-old superstars. Our SHIP program's success serves as a fitting tribute to the supportive parents and dynamic staff that work with our talented preschool children.

Thank you for a job incredibly well done to Coordinator of Speech-Language Services Marian Raspantini, Nurse Coordinator Jane Samuels, Psychologist Dr. Pamela Mitchell, Social Worker Ventura Trent, Special Education Teachers Debra Jarmon and Jessica Russotto, Paraprofessionals Mary Beth Silveri and Amy Miles, Speech Pathologists Kathy Fitzpatrick and Jennifer O’Daugherty, Physical Therapist Barbara Brush, Occupational Therapist Beth Cohen and SHIP/CPSE Secretary Denise DeLise.

Enjoy the slide show of the afternoon graduation group:

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