Christian School of New Vision Kindergarten Graduation

by Marcia
(Knoxville, TN, USA)

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

Christian School of New Vision Kindergarten Graduation Speech

Ladies and Gentlemen, Teachers, Staff, Boys and Girls, I bring you greetings from the Advisory Board of the School of New Vision in the United States. They send their prayers and congratulations on this wonderful occasion. Thank you for inviting me to come to speak at your graduation from kindergarten.

I did not go to kindergarten when I was a child. I started my education in a school with grades one to eight in one-room. We had one teacher for all eight grades. There were three people in my first grade class. My early education was much like yours. I walked to school. We had a Haitian style toilet. We carried water in a bucket from a dairy about ½ mile away to drink. Everyone drank from the same dipper But, you know what, I learned. I learned to read. I learned to write. I learned arithmetic. Today, the educational system in the United States is very different from when I was growing up. We have many fancy things: computers, many books, flush toilets, and drinking fountains where COLD water flows freely. But I tell you, the children in school in the United States today are receiving no better education than I did in my one-room school. They are receiving no better education than you are in the School of New Vision. What you learn and how you live is a choice you make. You have many opportunities.

First, I have a message for you parents.

I am so impressed with you as a community. I see you working together to make a better life for your families. It reminds me of a story. Once, there was a man who was very hungry. He came into a village begging. Asking people for food. Everyone said, No, “I have no food for you. I can barely feed my own family.” Finally, the man took a large kettle and filled it with water. He built a fire under it and put a large stone in the kettle. People said, ”What are you doing?” He said, “I am making stone soup.” One person said, “That soup needs something besides the stone. I have a few carrots. I will bring them for the soup.” Another said, “I have a few onions.” Another said, “I have a few potatoes.” Soon everyone in the village brought something for the soup and the whole village had a meal together.

This is the way I see your community. Each of you brings a special talent to the School of New Vision. Some of you are teachers. Some are carpenters. Some sew uniforms. Some cook for the children. Some are administrators. Some are masons. Some are gardeners. Some keep the children safe. What ever you bring, it is valuable. Working together, you make a better life for your children. You are providing your children with an opportunity to learn and grow into the people that God intended for them to be.

Every human being has a right to Health, to an Education, to Livelihood (the ability to earn a living), and to Peace ( the peace that can only be gained through a knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.) Train your children well. Help them to grow to be good citizens. To love God. And to give back to the community that which they have received







Now, I have a message for you children.

You are beginning a very special time in your life. In the years to come, you will learn many facts. However, the things that you have learned in kindergarten are the things that will carry you through life. We have a book in the United States called “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. Here are some of the things that Mr. Fulghum thinks are important:
Share everything
Play fair
Don’t hit people
Put things back where you found them
Clean up your own mess
Don’t take things that aren’t yours
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody
Wash your hands before you eat
Live a balanced life- learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some
Take a nap every afternoon
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together

What a wonderful place our world would be if each of us practiced what we learned in kindergarten. Think about it. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”- and love the Bible says, “ Love one another” and basic sanitation – you will be healthier if you wash your hands before you eat. All of these things apply to adults, too. What a wonderful world it would be if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and to stick together.

So, as you continue your education, remember the things that you learned in Kindergarten.

Share everything
Play fair
Don’t hit people
Put things back where you found them
Clean up your own mess
Don’t take things that aren’t yours
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody
Wash your hands before you eat
Live a balanced life- learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some
Take a nap every afternoon
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together

May the peace of Christ be with you and with your family. Thank you.

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