On June 25, the sound of cheers from proud parents and teachers reverberated through the auditorium as 40 children graduated from the first ever Pre K class at CentroNía. The celebration was held at CentroNía’s new Child Development Center at 1100 Harvard St. NW in Columbia Heights.
The center at Harvard Street opened in August 2005 and serves 72 three and four year olds, including those in the Pre K program. CentroNía was one of a handful of organizations selected in 2005 as a flagship program for the City’s universal Pre-K initiative. LISC provided a $100,000 grant to support the opening of this center.
The children came dressed in native clothes, representing their country of origin. They preformed dances, a “Pre-K Rap” and were up to some entertaining antics as they vied for the attention of their families in the audience.
To make it official, the children then donned their cap and gowns and took the stage as their name was announced to receive their diploma.