5Cs kindergarten grad Adalynn Morgan turns her tassel after receiving her certificate during the 5Cs Kindergarten Graduation and Spring Concert. Gini Davis/The Creswell Chronicle
One little girl stepped up in her white cap and gown and proudly accepted her kindergarten promotion certificate during Creswell Christian Child Care Center's 42nd annual Kindergarten Graduation and Spring Concert, presented in matinee and evening performances on May 23 in the Creswell Church of Christ sanctuary.
Adalynn Morgan was one of just two members of 5Cs' Class of 2019, and fellow graduate Kadence Miller was unfortunately too ill to attend the ceremony and concert, so Morgan alone received her certificate from new 5Cs kindergarten teacher, Shari Mitchell.
”This is my first kindergarten graduation at 5Cs, and it's been such a pleasure to teach these two girls,” Mitchell said. ”They are such hard workers, and they're reading so well you can't even imagine; I love to just let them sit and read.”
5Cs Director Debby Hisey said, ”It's always tearful sending off the kindergartners each year,” adding that the school had saved cake for Kadence and her parents, as well as her promotion certificate.
”When she gets back, if she wants to go upstairs with the gown and do the whole thing, getting her certificate, we'll do that,” Hisey said.
Before the kindergarten promotion ceremony, 5Cs preschoolers and pre-kindergarten students carried small U.S. flags onstage and sang ”You're a Grand Old Flag” to open their Spring Concert, titled ”I'm Going to Sing, Sing, Sing.”
Flag bearer Isabelle Pierzina led ”The Pledge of Allegiance” before the choir sang ”My Country Tis of Thee,” ”I Have a Hello,” ”Skidamarink,” ”The Crocodile,” ”Do Lord” and ”Little White Duck.”
Morgan then received her diploma and the concert continued with ”I'm Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing,” ”When I Get to Heaven,” ”Magic Penny” ”God Loves Every Kid” and ”Big Steps.”
”They did a wonderful job on the program,” Hisey said. ”They work hard, learn the songs, learn the motions and they pulled it off.”
And the fun doesn't end with the concert: ”For the next two or three weeks here we'll have kids playing 'program'; they'll hold books like they have the songs in front of them and they'll sing and tell each other, 'You need to be a little louder there.'”
The event closed with a prayer for the graduates, led by Mitchell, who asked the Lord to allow the children to have ”an amazing summer full of fun” and prayed their next school year would also be wonderful, ”with your hand guiding them all the way.”
Following the evening performance, refreshments were served downstairs in the activity room, and 5Cs kids will enjoy an end-of-year picnic at Splash on May 31.
”These kids, they give you something every day,” Hisey said. ”They're glad you showed up, they're eager to learn – I just couldn't be prouder of them.”