Marco’s first grads are the littlest ones
- Before accepting their certificates, the pint-sized students sang for the 200-or-so people in attendance, while dozens of cellphones captured personal moments for posterity
Broad smiles, awws and just a tear here and there marked the next step in the lives of Marco’s littlest graduates – 40 students at St. Mark’s Preschool.
Before the formalities, volunteers made sure they looked perfect in their gowns and caps before heading from a vestry staging area into the church. Then, one by one they walked down the center aisle to the front.
Before accepting their certificates, the pint-sized students sang for the 200-or-so people in attendance, while dozens of cellphones captured personal moments for posterity.
“The graduation gowns were lovingly sewed by St. Mark’s (Episcopal) Church members,” said school director Peggy Totten. “This was the school’s fifth graduating class.”
The school is part of a voluntary prekindergarten program that is funded through the State of Florida. There is no cost to the parents to enroll their child in the program. Children must be 4 years old by September 1st of that school year in order to enroll.
As it mission statement, St. Mark’s Preschool says it “promotes an environment where the children are comfortable, valued, and respected as capable individuals. We believe that children benefit from spending time outside exploring their natural world. Being in the great outdoors, investigating the earth, and learning to love the written word is the focus of (the school).”
Totten and her family have lived on Marco for 13 years. She is a history, geography and art major, and also has a teaching certification. She has studying abroad in Poland, and has lived and taught in New Zealand, Alaska, Wisconsin, and Florida.
For information about enrollment, visit . http://elcofswfl.org/parents-vpk-enrollment.php.