This year, the ceremony was complete with blue caps and gowns for the young graduates as they sat patiently on the stage while Primary Principal Paul Troutman gave a speech and each of the 43 students received diplomas. To close out the event, the children moved from the stage to risers set up in the pit area where they danced the Chicken Dance and sang “Itsy, bitsy spider,” and “Love you forever,” which has a line that goes, “as long as I’m living, your baby I’ll be.”
“That song gets me every year,” Troutman said.
After the ceremony in the auditorium, families were invited to view binders of kindergarten memories and there was juice and cookies for the graduates. Angie Bearce was viewing her daughter Lenna’s binder along with Lenna’s grandmother Linda Alcorn.
“They’re really neat,” Angie Bearce said of the memories binder.
Graduate Martin Ohlsson’s favorite part of the day was singing for his father, Martin Ohlsson and his grandmother Karol Lutgen. Lutgen said young Martin asked her to write the words from “Love you forever” for his dad on Father’s Day. Out of the whole year, young Martin enjoyed going on the playground and made some new friends like Eli, Justin and Jeffery.
Singing “Love you forever” was also a favorite of fellow graduate Maya Hugel. She thought her class sounded very good. Play time and making lots of good friends were Hugel’s favorite part of kindergarten.
“They had a good program,” Hugel’s grandmother Rena Williams said, who attended the ceremony with her husband and Hugel’s grandfather, Doug.
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Photo by Jenna Loughlin
Members of the Class of 2023 celebrate the first of their graduations as they sing songs recently in the auditorium for the audience during the Westfield Academy and Central School’s Kindergarten Graduation ceremony.