Graduating on the right track


Macie Nilson waves to her family after receiving her diploma from Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, Thursday morning. The Cooperative, in its 25th year, serves 215 students from throughout Pettis County, providing free educational services to 3- and 4-year old students. More than 100 students graduated from the morning and afternoon programs Thursday.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Brooks Ross and his friend Remington Walter perform the “Milkshake” during their graduation ceremony from the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative on Thursday morning. The students sing the song as a way to help then prepare for their lessons, helping them to focus on sitting, listening and learning.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

From left, Colby Hyatt, Christopher Ramos and Brooks Ross lead the students and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the End of Year celebration at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative Thursday morning. More than 100 students received certificates of graduation during a morning and afternoon ceremony.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Diana Salvador prepares to shake the hand of Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, before she received her diploma Thursday morning. The Cooperative serves students from Sedalia 200, Green Ridge, La Monte, Northwest, Smithton and Dresden school districts.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Jason Atwood is all smiles as he sings “I Know a Sound” with his fellow graduates and classmates at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative End of Year Celebration on Thursday morning. Thursday was the last day of school for the 215 students who participate in the programs offered at the Cooperative.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Colby Hiatt looks to the audience as he thanks Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, for his diploma Thursday morning. The students were asked what they wished to be in the future. Their answers ranged from a superhero and cupcake maker to a paleontologist and a parent. One young man commented that he wanted to be a fireman in case his pets ran away.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Natalie Telg waves to her family and friends as Grace Kendrick, Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative principal, looks on. More than 100 students received diplomas Thursday. Kendrick said the students may start at the cooperative but they go on to elementary and high schools and beyond where they succeed and become productive members of the community.


Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Macie Nilson waves to her family after receiving her diploma from Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, Thursday morning. The Cooperative, in its 25th year, serves 215 students from throughout Pettis County, providing free educational services to 3- and 4-year old students. More than 100 students graduated from the morning and afternoon programs Thursday.

Brooks Ross and his friend Remington Walter perform the “Milkshake” during their graduation ceremony from the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative on Thursday morning. The students sing the song as a way to help then prepare for their lessons, helping them to focus on sitting, listening and learning.

From left, Colby Hyatt, Christopher Ramos and Brooks Ross lead the students and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the End of Year celebration at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative Thursday morning. More than 100 students received certificates of graduation during a morning and afternoon ceremony.

Diana Salvador prepares to shake the hand of Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, before she received her diploma Thursday morning. The Cooperative serves students from Sedalia 200, Green Ridge, La Monte, Northwest, Smithton and Dresden school districts.

Jason Atwood is all smiles as he sings “I Know a Sound” with his fellow graduates and classmates at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative End of Year Celebration on Thursday morning. Thursday was the last day of school for the 215 students who participate in the programs offered at the Cooperative.

Colby Hiatt looks to the audience as he thanks Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, for his diploma Thursday morning. The students were asked what they wished to be in the future. Their answers ranged from a superhero and cupcake maker to a paleontologist and a parent. One young man commented that he wanted to be a fireman in case his pets ran away.

Natalie Telg waves to her family and friends as Grace Kendrick, Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative principal, looks on. More than 100 students received diplomas Thursday. Kendrick said the students may start at the cooperative but they go on to elementary and high schools and beyond where they succeed and become productive members of the community.

Macie Nilson waves to her family after receiving her diploma from Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, Thursday morning. The Cooperative, in its 25th year, serves 215 students from throughout Pettis County, providing free educational services to 3- and 4-year old students. More than 100 students graduated from the morning and afternoon programs Thursday.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_tsd052615coop1.jpgMacie Nilson waves to her family after receiving her diploma from Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, Thursday morning. The Cooperative, in its 25th year, serves 215 students from throughout Pettis County, providing free educational services to 3- and 4-year old students. More than 100 students graduated from the morning and afternoon programs Thursday. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Brooks Ross and his friend Remington Walter perform the “Milkshake” during their graduation ceremony from the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative on Thursday morning. The students sing the song as a way to help then prepare for their lessons, helping them to focus on sitting, listening and learning.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_tsd052616coop2.jpgBrooks Ross and his friend Remington Walter perform the “Milkshake” during their graduation ceremony from the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative on Thursday morning. The students sing the song as a way to help then prepare for their lessons, helping them to focus on sitting, listening and learning. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

From left, Colby Hyatt, Christopher Ramos and Brooks Ross lead the students and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the End of Year celebration at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative Thursday morning. More than 100 students received certificates of graduation during a morning and afternoon ceremony.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_tsd052616coop4.jpgFrom left, Colby Hyatt, Christopher Ramos and Brooks Ross lead the students and audience in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the End of Year celebration at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative Thursday morning. More than 100 students received certificates of graduation during a morning and afternoon ceremony. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Diana Salvador prepares to shake the hand of Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, before she received her diploma Thursday morning. The Cooperative serves students from Sedalia 200, Green Ridge, La Monte, Northwest, Smithton and Dresden school districts.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_tsd052616coop6.jpgDiana Salvador prepares to shake the hand of Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, before she received her diploma Thursday morning. The Cooperative serves students from Sedalia 200, Green Ridge, La Monte, Northwest, Smithton and Dresden school districts. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Jason Atwood is all smiles as he sings “I Know a Sound” with his fellow graduates and classmates at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative End of Year Celebration on Thursday morning. Thursday was the last day of school for the 215 students who participate in the programs offered at the Cooperative.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_tsd052616coop7.jpgJason Atwood is all smiles as he sings “I Know a Sound” with his fellow graduates and classmates at the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative End of Year Celebration on Thursday morning. Thursday was the last day of school for the 215 students who participate in the programs offered at the Cooperative. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Colby Hiatt looks to the audience as he thanks Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, for his diploma Thursday morning. The students were asked what they wished to be in the future. Their answers ranged from a superhero and cupcake maker to a paleontologist and a parent. One young man commented that he wanted to be a fireman in case his pets ran away.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_tsd052616coop8.jpgColby Hiatt looks to the audience as he thanks Grace Kendrick, principal of the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative, for his diploma Thursday morning. The students were asked what they wished to be in the future. Their answers ranged from a superhero and cupcake maker to a paleontologist and a parent. One young man commented that he wanted to be a fireman in case his pets ran away. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Natalie Telg waves to her family and friends as Grace Kendrick, Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative principal, looks on. More than 100 students received diplomas Thursday. Kendrick said the students may start at the cooperative but they go on to elementary and high schools and beyond where they succeed and become productive members of the community.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_tsd052616coop9.jpgNatalie Telg waves to her family and friends as Grace Kendrick, Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative principal, looks on. More than 100 students received diplomas Thursday. Kendrick said the students may start at the cooperative but they go on to elementary and high schools and beyond where they succeed and become productive members of the community. Hope Lecchi | Democrat
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