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Col. Varman Chhoeung, commandant of the U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey, speaks to Strong Beginnings graduates during a ceremony at the installation’s child development center, military community in Ord, Calif., June 3.
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Strong Beginnings homeroom teacher Norma Short presents a graduate with a diploma during the program’s graduation ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey Child Development Center, Ord Military Community, Calif., June 3.
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Strong Beginnings program lead teacher Norma Short (right) and program assistant Christina Sale (left) lead Strong Beginnings graduates in a song and dance during the program’s graduation ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey Child Development Center, Ord Military Community, Calif., June 3.
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MONTEREY PRESIDIO, Calif. (June 8, 2022) – Wearing blue graduation caps and gowns, 27 children from the Presidio of Monterey’s Strong Beginnings PreK program received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony at the Monterey Development Center. the child of the installation on June 3.

Not only did the graduates demonstrate they were ready for kindergarten with a song and dance that showcased their mastery of the alphabet, but they also recited the unwavering Pledge of Allegiance and displayed exemplary behavior throughout. throughout the ceremony.

Speakers included Norma Short, the program’s lead teacher, Traci Gibson, CDC director, and Col. Varman Chhoeung, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Presidio Monterey, who noted that the Strong Beginnings program of the he army contributes to the readiness and strength of the nation. in general.

Chhoeung told the parents, “You all play an extremely important role in the future of our country and the defense of our nation. It starts here and it starts at home. Never forget it. It is more important than any rank you are going to put. It’s more important than the salary you take home.

Chhoeung congratulated the children and said he was confident they would do a great job in kindergarten. “What I want you to do is remember to be nice to each other, learn everything you can, and have fun,” he said.

Short, who presented each child with a diploma, thanked the program staff and said it was a special day for all of them.

“Your kids have worked hard all year learning the sound of each letter of the alphabet and counting to 100,” Short told parents. “When we see the kids grasping every lesson and learning, the team and I are proud of that moment.”

Gibson urged graduates to take the high expectations they learned in Strong Beginnings and apply them to everything they do in the future. “Be friendly. Be kind and compassionate to your friends. Help others when they are in need,” she said.

She also asked graduates to come back for visits.

“Wishing you all the best as you start kindergarten,” Gibson said. “I hope you come to visit us and let us know what is going on. We want to know all about your adventures as you transition into kindergarten.

Strong Beginnings is an Army program available in most garrisons that promotes academic readiness skills and resilience as children transition into kindergarten. Children who are 4 years old and will be entering kindergarten next school year are eligible to enroll. For more information, call Parent Central Services at (831) 242-7765.