VGCC Franklin Campus Salutes Five Day Care Graduates

The 2011 graduates of the Vance-Granville Community College Franklin Campus Child Care Center included, seated, from left, William Dement and Dawson Evans; and standing, from left, Hollyn Cardwell, Casson Raynor and Nasir Kearney. Standing in back are teachers Latoya Mayo and Teresa Gallatin. (VGCC photo)

Five graduates of the Child Care Center on Vance-Granville Community College’s Franklin County Campus were honored in ceremonies on July 13 as they prepared to leave and enter kindergarten this fall.

The class of 2011 included Hollyn Cardwell of Louisburg, William Dement of Louisburg, Dawson Evans of Castalia, Nasir Kearney of Franklinton and Casson Raynor of Louisburg.

Bobbie Jo May, the Dean of Franklin Campus, welcomed family members to the child day care center’s thirteenth annual graduation ceremony. She applauded the five-star center and its staff, Latoya Mayo, Shelia Davis, Teresa Gallatin, Lawanda Wilkerson and manager Michelle Patterson. “I feel we have provided a great foundation for all their future educational opportunities,” May said. “Our staff creates an environment in which children are nurtured, loved, respected, and encouraged to learn and grow.” She thanked the family members in attendance for sharing their children with the VGCC Franklin Campus, saying that they have become part of the college’s “extended family.”

After an invocation by Franklin Campus director Anthony Pope, Gallatin and Patterson presented the children with diplomas. Patterson also handed out unique “personality certificates” to the students. Kearney was recognized as a “Whiz Kid” and a “Bookworm.” Cardwell was honored as the “Social Butterfly” and for her creativity. Dement was named a “Natural Born Leader” and an “Active Athlete.” Evans received the “Best Dressed” and the “I Can Make my Pencil Cut a Neat Figure” (outstanding improvement in handwriting) certificates. Raynor was honored for “Perfection in Handwriting” and as a “Friendly Frog.” Student Carly Edmonds served as marshal for the graduation, carrying the American flag as the students processed and recessed.

With the departure of the graduates, spaces for several children are currently available for the fall semester. For more information or to enroll children at the center, call Michelle Patterson at (919) 496-1567.