Mt. Hope a gen­uine, car­ing place for kids

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Cathy Wil­son, Wel­come

I would like to ex­press my thanks, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and ad­mi­ra­tion to the staff and com­mu­nity of Mt. Hope Nan­je­moy Ele­men­tar y School. I at­tended my grand­daugh­ter’s “Step­ping Up” pro­gram on June 7 as she and a num­ber of other won­der­ful, beau­ti­ful, bright and cheer­ful young class­mates stepped up from kinder­garten to first grade.

My own sons at­tended Mt. Hope Nan­je­moy nearly 30 years ago — I loved it then and I love it now. As I sat and watched the cer­e­mony and lis­tened to the ba­bies sing in cho­rus, I looked around at so many of the folks I’ve known for years. Next to them I no­ticed so many young par­ents that I re­mem­ber watch­ing grow up with my own chil­dren.

We all sat there watch­ing the next gen­er­a­tion that is so for­tu­nate to at­tend Mt. Hope. We all mar­veled and gig­gled to­gether at the lit­tle ones, how proud and happy they were. Some were shy, some com­i­cal, but all were stun­ning as they took their cer­tifi­cate and walked across the stage shak­ing hands with their teach­ers, the vice prin­ci­pal and the prin­ci­pal. We all clapped for each child; we all were — and are — proud of each and ev­ery blessed and beau­ti­ful child. We are a com­mu­nity and in my mind there is no bet­ter air to breathe any­where.

Mt. Hope Nan­je­moy El­e­men­tary School is a gen­uine, car­ing, won­der­ful and safe place of learning. Not just for learning their ABCs and 123s, but for car­ing and dream­ing, and for learning that we are all part of our com­mu­nity and their are no lim­its in life. Love and joy are con­ta­gious and, in this grandma’s opin­ion, just as im­por­tant as the air we breathe.

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