Challenge Charter Schools hosted its annual 5th Grade Graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 14th at Far Rockaway High School. Families, staff, and teachers gathered to cheer on the 5th Grade Class of 2018 as they looked toward their transition to middle school.
Rev. Dr. Les Mullings brought greetings to the audience and reminded the scholars of how much their families and teachers helped them get to graduation day. He encouraged the graduates to strive to be their best selves and to pursue becoming who they want to be. Principal Nicole Griffin spoke of integrity, admonishing the scholars to embody that quality even though it takes great heart and courage.
The strong care that the teachers of Challenge Prep have for their students was perhaps best displayed on graduation day by Ms. Boglio. She chose to miss her own graduation for her Masters in Teaching Children with Disabilities to be with her scholars at the 5th grade ceremony but celebrated the moment by donning her own cap and gown. The scholars and staff recognized her for her sacrifice with words of thanks and a bouquet of flowers.
Dr. Mullings thanked special guests that attended including founding principal, Mrs. Sonja Webber-Bey and community supporter, Mrs. Sheila Johnson. Salutatorian, Harmony Cooper, and Valedictorian, Dorcas Taiwo, gave words of thanks and inspiration to the audience and their peers. Scholars performed poems and songs throughout the program, and 5th grade scholar, Joelle Johnson accompanied the final number, “See You Again,” on piano as the 70-plus graduating scholars sang to their families and mentors.
The 2017-18 year has brought a 17% growth in Challenge’s middle school, and the first annual 8th Grade Graduation was held on Wednesday, June 27th.
Candid photos of the event are on our K-5 Facebook page (posted June 15, 16, and 18), and professional photos of the graduation are on our Middle School website for our rising 6th graders here. We are so proud of our graduates!