Tears at Graduation

11 June 2014

Tears at Graduation- Life Lesson

Graduation was beginning for the second graders at Dancing Moose, beautiful white gowns were being donned by each child. Smiles and laughter filled the room in anticipation of the event. These children had spent most of the last 5 years together learning, growing and maturing at Dancing Moose. 
 
As the ceremony was about to begin one child was missing from the group. Her cap and gown and was not white, it was green. With tears streaming down her face she was not going to participate because she did not fit in with the other graduates. Their was nothing that could be done. 
 
She was my little girl, and my heart ached for her. I had had brought the wrong color of gown. She felt so alone. There was nothing I could to make this right - it was the girls of her second grade class that made the difference.
 
Each of the second grade girls exchanged their cap and gown for green so that all of the girls would be wearing green and the boys would be in white. The tears quickly dried up and my daughter no longer felt alone. She was surrounded by people who loved and sacrificed so she could feel like she belonged.
 
That day graduation was not about the diplomas it was about the kindness, love and respect that had been developing in these children over the last 5 years. That day will never be forgotten. 
 
These girls will remember graduation because of the way they each felt as they embraced my little girl when she felt alone. That is not something that can easily be duplicated. 
 
As she walks away from Dancing Moose as a graduate, my heart is full. I know she has been given an incredible education but I also know that she has been given experiences that have taught her to be kind, and respectful of others. To look out for those in need and to be willing to except difference and be confident in who she is.

 

What Our Parents Say

  • Jamie & Ken B:  Too many great things to narrow it down to just a few lines! But we'll try!  We love that all the teachers and administrators are always smiling and positive - it sets the stage for a great learning environment for our child and let's us know that they truly care about all the children.

  • Keith W:  Moving here from the east coast, we were concerned about finding the proper level of education for our daughter. Dancing Moose was just opening and when we did our tour, Dr. Joyce impressed me with her professionalism,enthusiasm, and academic prowess. We started our daughter in the toddler class and never looked back. Now, four years later we have both our children in Dancing Moose and could not be more pleased. Not only is the education second to none, and I would apply that not to only utah, but the entire country, the family atmosphere is phenomenal. I would recommend Dancing Moose to all toddler to 2nd grade children.  I can not understand why anybody would go anywhere else.

  • Alexis J:  Aislynn loves going to school at Dancing Moose, she's excited every day to tell me or any other adult near her what she did in school that day.  I love the flexibility the teachers are allowed, how every student gets to work at their own pace and none of them seem overwhelmed or bored.

  • Cherie M:  I commute everyday to the Dancing Moose, usually about 20 minutes each way from my Holladay home. Though commuting is not my favorite activity, I have found it is worth every second of my time. My son, Liam Emsley, is so happy when I pick him up and drop him off, sometimes I have to convince him it is time to leave school and go home! The state of the art facility is top notch, the teachers are warm and friendly, the school lunch/snack program is the best I found when I was researching school options. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the Dancing Moose!

  • Michelle M:  Our family loves the Dancing Moose Montessori for so many reasons.  The most important reason, is that our son absolutely loves his teachers and the other staff. We love the diversity and acceptance of students and staff and we also love that the Moose is community oriented and working on a "green" future. 

  • Shannon C:  Transplants to UT from OR.  This is our second year at DMM.  We feel safe, comfortable, love coming to school everyday to learn from a FANTASTIC curriculum,  really enjoy the flavors from Chef Renee, organic gardening and most of all the consistent unconditional love from each teacher with our little ones!  Thank you Dancing Moose for providing my children a great early childhood educational experience!

  • Christian M:  Dancing Moose distinguishes itself in the quality of academic education the school provides to young children, and also in the environment it creates for learning to occur.  Perhaps most-importantly, our son loves it!

  • Chris P:  Some of the things I like best about Dancing Moose have nothing to do with what goes on in the classroom.  I like that the place is wind powered, has a community garden and has a chef making food from scratch every day.  These are manifestations of values which I hold dear.  I am happy that Dancing Moose shares these values.

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