June 12th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Preschoolers graduate with pomp, parents swell with pride

By Daphne Sashin, CNN

(CNN) - Sure, the audience at Harvard University's commencement ceremony was treated to a speech from Oprah Winfrey, and grads at other colleges got to hear life lessons from a who's who of politicians, scientists and artists.

But those moments could not compare to the preschool graduation performance at the First Family Early Learning Center in New Castle, Delaware, if excitement is any measure.

Each member of the graduating class was assigned to recite a poem or song for each letter of the alphabet to showcase all they had learned that year. ("D" for days of the week, "N" for numbers.)

Five-year-old Chase Winters had practiced his lines for weeks. When it was time for letter "K," Chase, dressed in tan pants and vest, along with a matching blue shirt and tie, approached the microphone and looked out into the crowd. His mom, Danielle, waited anxiously in the crowd.

"K is for kindergarten, we start in the fall; When we started preschool, we were very small; we're much bigger now, look how tall; so it's off to kindergarten in the fall."

"In that moment, I was filled with so many emotions," Danielle wrote on CNN iReport. "Proud that he had done a great job, surprised at how mature he has become, and sad that my baby is quickly growing up!"

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  1. Minnie Mouse

    This is awesome! We need all children going to pre-school because everyone needs to have a good education, starting with Pre-K. The schools systems should be going from Pre-K to 4th grade for Elementary, 5th -9th for Middle School (pass the G.E.D exam) 10th -12th for High School and graduate with a diploma and a skilled trade. Instead of going technology in all grade levels, the funds needs to be put into the High Schools to give the students a vocational skill by turning them into a trade schools. Students will come out skilled because this will leave a better education to enter into the work force and let alone less financial struggle while going to college because they will not be working minimum wage jobs, they will have a specific trade/skill. It will not be effective or cost effective for our children to be learning on all computers because they will not be learning all the skills need on his or her own. The teachers will then not be teaching, and require cameras to monitor what the children are doing on the inter-ne,t when they don't need to be on it anyhow! Children need to know how to read, write, math, communication skills ect..via books, paper, pencils. Our children deserve a better education and with the high costs of living and college, they deserve it!!

    June 13, 2013 at 7:46 am |
  2. John McCain

    Frigging pathetic. Parents are such idiots now.

    June 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
    • CJ

      Didnt get any love from your parents, huh? What the hell John? Would ya rather see a kid with an AK47 sized hole in him? Shut the F up.

      June 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm |