The Northern Westchester Examiner

Key Institute Holds Patriotic Moving Up Ceremony

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June 25 NWE Key Institute PixCelebrating the patriotic symbols of the United States was the theme of an enjoyable moving up day ceremony for nine students of the Key Institute for Learning Strategies in Cortlandt recently at Barnes and Noble in the Cortland tTown Center.

The students ranged in age from three to five years old and took turns reciting facts about the American flag, Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Liberty Bell, Bald Eagle and other landmarks.

“To stand before a crowd and recite is a remarkable accomplishment. I’m very proud of them,” said Marcia Royce, director of the Key Institute. “They have worked very hard all year long. They all show great potential and I expect great things from them. I feel very blessed that I have such great parents and wonderful students.”

Royce noted the six students heading to kindergarten, Jace Albrecht, Alanna Hosang, Alexander Ki-ve’, Ava Leahey, Thomas Markos and Winter Willbright, can all read and add and subtract.

The pre-K students that were also part of the ceremony were Farah Goods, Sophia Ki-ve’ and John Carlton Pinnock. Musical arrangements were produced by Richard Goods.

“What children learn before they’re six years old is instilled in them forever,” Royce said. “The more we love our country the better it will be.”

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