Commencement exercises at Albany State usually signal the end of a student’s college career while ringing in the beginning of a professional career. On May 18, the end-of-the-year program held in the ACAD Auditorium had a different twist as 20 pre-k students from the ASU Early Learning Center transitioned to kindergarten in a celebration that highlighted the achievements of all the center’s students.
The program featured students from the 2-, 3- and 4-year-old classes putting on impressive skits and presentations that showcased their learning, public speaking skills, singing ability, confidence and teamwork.
The students led an audience of about 100 adults in prayers, in reciting the pledge of allegiance and in singing the ASU alma mater.
Stephanie Dyer, parent of Kendyl Dyer, a 2-year-old ELC student, said, “The program was excellent. I loved how the students were able to showcase their wealth of knowledge at such a young age.”
Connie Leggett, director of Title III programs at ASU, said the end-of-the year program recognizes the excellent work of the staff.
“Teachers have worked very hard preparing the students for this day,” she said. “Now just look at them.”
Robert Skinner, the father of Harrison Skinner, who is transitioning to kindergarten, said he is very happy with his son’s learning at the ELC.
“Harrison is putting together sentences and reading exceptionally well for a 5-year-old,” Skinner said. “I feel blessed to have the ELC, the convenience of the program, its location and the excellence of the staff and the facility. I like it all.”
Students transitioning to kindergarten this year are Avari Collins, Cameron Gee, Thomas Harris III, Willie Harris Jr., Landon Hill, Israel Johnson, Brenyanna Jones, Ny’Asia Jones, Jessica Lennear, Johntavious Mallory, Kennede Miller, Samuel Miller, Tyler Miller, Caden Moser, Brittney Odoms, Wa’Naeshia Phillips, Harrison Skinner, Niyuana Taylor, Jalayzha Williams and Johnny Williams IV.
“My daughter just started two weeks ago, but I am really impressed with the center,” Dyer said.
The ASU Early Learning Center is supported by funds from Title III. The director of the center is Jeannette Lucas. Her faculty and staff are: Felicia Lattimore, pre-k lead teacher; Jacqueline Cook-Curry, pre-k assistant teacher; Jessica Cutliff, teacher, 2-year-old class; Patricia Jackson, assistant teacher, 2-year-old class; Katina Lowe, teacher, 3-year-olds; Gloria Wilson, assistant teacher, 3-year-olds; Teresa Walker, office manager; and, Marilyn Yon, assistant teacher.
Contact: Joseph West