Lightning McQueen and Mater from the popular Pixar film Cars could recently be seen racing through the Grand Hall of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology as Surry Community College’s Early Childhood Education Program held its Annual Graduation Tea to recognize the program’s 2017 graduates.
Each year students in the Early Childhood Education classes collaborate to carry out the Graduation Tea’s chosen theme. This year the EDU 151: Creative Activities class brought Radiator Springs, the fictional film’s setting, to life by adorning the Grand Hall with replicas of the movie’s characters and scenery.
The graduates and their guests enjoyed a light meal followed by words of wisdom from guest speaker Karen Peters, a Surry Community College and Lees-McRae College alum.
Peters spoke on the crucial role educators play in the life of a child, stressing the importance of a child’s early years in terms of growth and development. She encouraged graduates to continuously focus on ensuring that each child be given the same opportunity to experience success and build self-esteem.
After the speech by Peters, students in Surry’s EDU 125: Sign Language for Educators class signed the song “Life is a Highway” by the country music trio Rascal Flatts, which is featured in Cars.
The graduates recognized are Victoria E. Carter of Dobson, Jessica Gordillo of Mount Airy, Samantha Hernandez of Dobson, Ivey Reid Johnson of Ararat, Katherine M. Martin of Mount Airy, Alma Diana Ortega Grajeda of Mount Airy, Lisa Wall of Ararat, Victoria Marie Steele of Mount Airy, Ashley Shore Blackburn of North Wilkesboro, Fantashia England Brown of Dobson, Olivia Ely Chewning of Winston-Salem, Morgan Dixon of Mount Airy, Regan Gentry Faircloth of Yadkinville, Laken Lynn Haynes of Hamptonville, Kayla Marie Holder of Dobson, Elizabeth Brady Howard of Pinnacle, Jessica Grace Martin of Mount Airy, Valeria Rose McDaniel of Mount Airy, Valerie Shea Shore of Pfafftown, Victoria Marie Steele of Mount Airy, Meagan Brooke Taylor of Lowgap, Heidi Marie Tyler of Blacksburg, Va., Shanta Alicia Wells of Mount Airy, Karie Lynne Whitaker of Boonville, and Elizabeth Nicole Wimbish of Mount Airy.
The Early Childhood Associate Degree program prepares students to work with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments. Coursework includes child development, the physical and nutritional needs of children, care and guidance of children, and communication skills. Surry’s program was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2011.
Registration is open for fall 2017 classes. Students must register for fall classes before Aug. 1. Those classes start Aug. 15. For additional information contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264.
Twenty-five students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program. The graduates are pictured at a graduation tea in celebration of their accomplishments.