Graduates walk in a line under a balloon arch before the crowd at the Early Childhood Program graduation ceremony on May 18.
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – The Early Childhood program Parent Committee hosted the Shoshone-Bannock Early Childhood Commencement Ceremony where “Up, up and away,” was the theme on Thursday, May 18.
Early Childhood Program Director Glenda Marshall welcomed the audience to the celebration that had 59 graduates. She commended all of the Early Childhood staff members for their work as well as parents and all the supporters.
Ardella Tendoy, ECP Parent Committee President, thanked everyone for coming.
The Parent Committee started fundraising from January to April. Together they planned what to do for the kids and came up with Ross Park Swim Passes, Pendleton towel, a yearbook, copy of the slideshow, a teacher, a bag, photos from Moz Studios and Bell Photography and a bike.
The kids didn’t know about the bikes and she said it was nice to see them so excited.
Tendoy said, “There was a lot of parents who were consistent throughout the fundraising and without all of their help we couldn’t have got it done,” she said. “It turned out really nice.”
Girls wait for the graduation ceremony to start.
She was grateful to the Fort Hall Business Council who matched them with the fundraising money and the previous year’s Parent Committee who helped with funding.
Darrell and Arthur Tendoy sang for the graduates as they lined up to march through the arch. Darrell said the prayer for the occasion and asked for blessings for the students to continue on in their education and have bright futures.
Fort Hall Business Council Member Donna Bollinger wanted to take the time to cherish the children and teach them and guide them because they are the future.
“With that I want to congratulate everyone of you and tell you to have fun and enjoy your night,” she told the students.
Miss Shoshone-Bannock Taylor Haskett said she was amazed to look at all the graduates and encouraged them to go to college and continue on. She told them they all looked beautiful and she was very proud of them.
“Are you excited to go to kindergarten?” she asked and they answered collectively, “Yeah!”
A slideshow was shown of individual students and their classrooms.
Early Childhood’s James Scown was invited to read the names of students as they walked across the stage.