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Head Start foregoing graduation ceremonies

7:45 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Five-year-olds making the move out of Head Start next month will see a break in tradition -- no graduation ceremonies.

Marquita Ronan is one mom who is very disappointed.  

She has twin boys who were looking forward to graduation.

Ronan said she never received a letter or told by a teacher. 

She said the family is planning their own graduation to recognize the boys who will start kindergarten in August.

"I feel like should have some kind of graduation, it doesn't have to be anything big, but something in the classroom to acknowledge the kids, " said Ronan, who noted her daughter who is now 9 had a graduation ceremony.

The Community Development Institute took over local Head Start centers earlier this month after the Jacksonville Urban League had its management role pulled following child safety issues.

The local manager of Head Start could not be reached for comment and the company's Denver office referred calls to the Administration of Children & Families in Washington, DC for comment.  

That office did not respond as of late Monday afternoon for a comment.

The Local Head Start organization confirmed the annual graduation tradition would not be happening this year.     

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