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A Unique Graduation Gift, The Physical Presence of a Top Educator

Esthela Torres de Siegrist

The 2013 Special Fours’ Class at Rio Hondo Elementary School was given a very special treat when Mr. Nick Salerno, the very personable Superintendent of the El Monte Union High School District attended their graduation.  He informed the admiring “about-to-be” graduates and their attending family members and friends that he was delighted to be present “here at Rio Hondo Elementary School, my alma mater…and laughing…I still fit on these little chairs.”  He told the graduates how very proud he was of each and every one of them now that they have completed this beginning phase of their education.  He congratulated their dedicated, caring family members for their concern for their little ones’ education.
The Special Fours’ Program is unique:  adult family members attend each class and help guide the children in learning basic literacy skills, math concepts, and acquisition of spatial concepts.  The children learn to share with others and fine tune their gross and fine motor skills.  El Monte Union High School District has offered Parent Education classes since 1932, which have helped so many children and their families to learn how to learn and to become lifelong learners.  Before leaving,  Mr. Salerno offered his heartfelt thank you’s to the Special Fours Teachers, Ms. Jeanie and Ms. Sandra; and to their Teaching Assistants, Ms. Sandra and Ms. Irma for “all you do for these little children, our future under development right before our very eyes.” All in all, it was an especially memorable day for all to be cherished ever after.

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