Shining Stars: NCC Early Learning Center Students ‘Move On’

Sister Maurice Okoroji, far right, Director of Harmony House Early Learning Center, presents a diploma to student Kiara Sessoms. The center had 10 graduates this year.

More than 75 students from New Community’s two early learning centers beamed with pride as they donned caps and gowns to mark their graduation.

Dubbed as “Moving On” ceremonies, two separate events held by NCC Harmony House and Community Hills early learning centers were both jubilant occasions that shared themes of excitement and hope for each child’s future.

“This is where it starts. Let’s keep going,” Tracy Stapleton, Harmony House pre-kindergarten teacher, said to parents gathered for the ceremony held in a multipurpose room at the NCC Healthcare Services building.

Sheronda Jones said she was proud of how much her granddaughter, Shataurah Butler-Jones, 5, has learned at Harmony House.

“She teaches us,” Jones said. “She knows how to spell.”

Tawanna Brown, Director of Community Hills Early Learning Center, credited many people for investing in the education of the students, including parents, teachers, family workers, support staff, foster grandparents, school nurses and social workers.

“Every child has the potential to be a brilliant, ambitious, bright shining star in our community now and in the future,” Brown said.

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