Released 23 August 2013
(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.
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.
(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.
staff, and speakers from the North End Corps at their August 23 graduation
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."