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LEAAP students graduate

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Five-year-old Destiny Mast hugs teacher Jennifer Ross during the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center graduation Friday at the Forest Park Pavilion. Destiny is the daughter of Amber Mast, Samantha Marqua and Larry Marqua, Brazil. [Order this photo]
Approximately 72 preschoolers walked across the stage at the Forest Park Pavilion during the ninth Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center graduation event.

"They've worked hard," LEAAP Center Director Mary Yelton said, "and we've had a lot of good parent volunteers.

"The goal is for these skills to help them be successful in school.

"That's the whole focus: School readiness."

Two graduation ceremonies took place Friday, one for the morning classes at the center and another for the afternoon classes.

Each student received a certificate (diploma) as well as a free children's book to encourage parental reading.

While on the stage, all of the students performed a handful of songs they had learned while in classes at the LEAAP Center for family in attendance.

The center provided punch and cookies for the children during the ceremony.



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