Kids graduate — to grade school

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Kids graduate — to grade school
News from The Desert Sun:

PALM DESERT — As high school seniors around the Coachella Valley celebrate the end of their formative school years, children in the Family YMCA of the Desert Early Childhood Education Program are looking forward to the start of their education.

On Saturday, more than 100 cheering family members and friends, armed with cameras, video recorders, flowers, and balloons, gathered in the gym at the organization’s main center at 43-930 San Pablo Ave. to celebrate the occasion.

Dressed in red caps and gowns, with “2012” tassels swinging from their heads, 47 pre-school students made their way across the stage to accept their diplomas.

Marlon Arauz and his wife, Laura Barajas, watched as their daughter, Valerie Arauz, 5, accepted her diploma.

“I am so proud of my little girl. I hope this is just the beginning of something big for her future,” Marlon Arauz said Saturday.

“We had to sacrifice to put her in the program but it was worth it. My wife and I feel that we have done a good thing by putting her in this program.”

Staff member Candace Leonard read each student’s name, along with what each wanted to be when he or she grew up.

Fireman. Dentist. Mommy. And, chef were among the most-desired careers.

A handful of students, though, favored less-than-traditional vocations and voiced their intent to pursue work as princesses, c…………… continues on The Desert Sun

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It seems like every year I hear a story about an emotional mother who is distraught because her son or daughter wasn’t accepted to Greater New Beford Voc-Tech.

The story usually goes that the child is a good kid who is really into cars or building stuff but couldn’t make the grade because of a minor discipline problem, maybe mediocre grades, spotty attendance or some combination of the three.

The mother is upset because she knows what we all know. Decisions are being made when a child is 14-years-old that will affect that kid for the rest of his or her life.

Forty years ago, the vocational high schools were full of kids who were not great students, but who were said to be “good with their hands.”

There was a stigma attached to the old…………… continues on SouthCoastToday.com

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