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The Right Place Class of 2013

Released 23 August 2013

The Right Place Graduation 1(Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman with the 2013 graduating class.)

The Right Place Class of 2013

New Graduates Are Off to Kindergarten!

HARTFORD - Hartford has a new group of scholars ready to pursue their education at the next level! On Thursday, August 15, The Salvation Army’s The Right Place early learning program presented “diplomas” to 60 beautifully-dressed and well-behaved Sigourney Street site graduates. The ceremony took place across the street from its family center at Trinity Episcopal Church and was attended by over 300 parents, friends, and guests.

Nancy Wyman, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, was an invited guest and enthusiastically addressed the gathering. She spoke to the children about the importance of reading and writing and how the doors that come from a good education will open for them in the future. She obviously enjoyed speaking to these “future” voters and was very good at it.

The Right Place Graduation 4

Major Brian Glasco, Salvation Army Area Coordinator for Greater Hartford, addressed the audience next. He had welcomed everyone to the graduation ceremony and congratulated the youngsters on completing the program. Next, he told them how important each and every one of them is. He informed the kids that this is the start of the road to their future and how now they have a strong foundation for a great education.

The Right Place Graduation 3(Dianna Weeks and Lisa Tucker distributing backpacks.)

Each child was then to be presented with a backpack filled with school supplies from the Hartford law firms of Edwards Wildman Palmer and Hinckley, Allen & Snyder. Dianna Weeks and Lisa Tucker were on hand to present these backpacks to the children after they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Buying and filling the backpacks has become a regular practice for the law firms, for subsequent presentation to the graduates, since 2011. Each year, the children’s faces “light up” when they are presented with their “back-to-school” graduation gifts.

The Right Place Graduation 5(Graduates, teachers, staff, and speakers from the North End Corps at their August 23 graduation ceremony.)

Heather LaCasse, Director of Childcare programs for The Salvation Army, commented, “We celebrated the achievement of 60 graduates who we now feel confident are more than ready for Kindergarten. The level of community support shown here today is symbolic to the key to their success and we acknowledge this support system throughout the school year."






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