FULTON – A total of 36 Universal Pre-Kindergarten students will enter kindergarten at Lanigan Elementary School in the fall.
The students celebrated together during a morning and afternoon Lanigan UPK graduation ceremony at the Fulton YMCA, where teachers Kelly Maliszewski and Melody Morrison expressed their appreciation for each student.
Together, the children have worked with a program called “Zoo-phonics” which taught the sounds of letters. In celebration of practicing sounds and letter recognition, the children sang “Who Let the Letters Out”, followed by “Baby Shark” and “The More We Get Together.”
Collectively, the students recited a kindergarten poem, which represented their readiness to move on to the next chapter of their educational journey with the Fulton City School District.
Once each student was presented with their diploma and Maliszewski recited the students’ career aspirations, such as a Ninja Turtle teacher, mermaid, police officer, firefighter and wresting teacher, among other jobs. Upon announcing the G. Ray Bodley High School Class of 2031, the teachers offered cake and juice to the students and their guests.
Parents were also able to take home a binder of work samples, which showcased their progression throughout the 217-2018 school year. Students were provided an extra special treat to take home.
Similar events were also held for UPK programs at Fairgrieve, Volney and Granby elementary schools.