Almost 90 kindergarteners turned their tassels during Windham Elementary School's kindergarten graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17.

During what he calls his “favorite day of the year,” WES Principal Chris Mitten congratulated the class and shared a poem, “All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum.

The poem speaks about ideals and habits every person should know that is ingrained in students at a young age, including washing hands before eating, cleaning up self-made messes and saying sorry.

“Live a balanced life; learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work everyday some,” Mitten recited.

The poem also suggests taking naps every day and watching for traffic.

“Hold hands and stick together,” Mitten recited to the kindergarten graduates. “Be aware of wonder.”

It asks for the graduates to remember the ideals they have been taught, like the Golden Rule, and the things they have seen and learned in the classroom, like a seed growing into a plant.

“Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world, and it holds true and clear and firm,” the poem states, saying the world could be a better place if this knowledge were still practiced. “And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.”

In the graduation ceremony program, the kindergarten teachers offered families a thank you.

“The kindergarten teachers would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all the parents, guardians, volunteers and other helpers for their unselfish cooperation and support throughout the school year,” the programs states. “We have enjoyed having the opportunity to take part in the molding of each child. We wish all the students the best of luck in the first grade.”

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