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Kindergarten teacher's touching speech and song at graduation

Kindergarten Teacher Sings to His Students at Their High School Graduation

Kindergarten teacher Jeff Berry gave a touching speech at the Lawrence High School graduation on June 18, recognizing that many of the grads had been part of his kindergarten class when he began his teaching career 13 years ago.

During the speech, he reminisced about his first days standing before a room full of students in September 2001. He said some kids were "tattling, crying. Some not listening to directions at all. Some kids will openly pick their noses with an amazing sense of purpose ... much of what we learned in kindergarten still applies in your young adult lives."

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He went on to say that, "These are just simple truths that remind us all how we should conduct ourselves, whether we are 6, 16, or 60. Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Be aware of wonder. Remember that little seed in the paper cup? First the roots grow down and then the plant grows up? And nobody really knows why ... but it does."

With that, he broke into John McCutcheon's sweet 'Kindergarten Wall' song, inviting the students to recall days long ago when learning to tie their shoes was all that really mattered.

Good luck holding back tears as you listen to his song -- and thanks to all the teachers out there who work so hard to make our days -- from kindergarten to graduation -- just a little more special.

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Angela9 July 03 2014 at 8:50 AM

This was wonderful! I remember that little song. I wish more of us grown-ups could remember how to get along and share.

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exitscreaming Angela9 July 03 2014 at 8:05 PM

I would have been more impressed if he hadn't used the word "aloof " improperly

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LewTag July 03 2014 at 9:00 AM

Nice man, nice kids...too bad the nation is going to let them down...just saying...

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martysk July 03 2014 at 10:21 AM

For more advice, look up "All I Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarden".

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Beverly Doyle martysk July 03 2014 at 11:36 AM

One of my all-time favorites - thanks for the reminder!

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hey dick head July 03 2014 at 9:09 AM

Should have been blunt and told them what they are really stepping out into... unless they going to four more years of high school (I mean college). No work and tons of debt over their heads

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apet471900 July 03 2014 at 10:02 AM

ann j
where can i get a printed copy of this song it is wonderful

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anwrose apet471900 July 03 2014 at 1:58 PM


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crowland503 July 03 2014 at 11:54 AM

It's Howdy Doody Time! Captain Kangaroo with the Moose ad Mister Green Jeans!!! ...Then decades later came the sicko Clown with the funny ears in the White House.

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rpthe1 crowland503 July 03 2014 at 1:43 PM

you a very sad, pathetic little person

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theomegaman72 July 03 2014 at 1:05 PM

Ever notice when AOL says " be prepared to cry"....you never do ?

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NETTIE July 03 2014 at 9:42 AM

Sorry, I tried to squeeze out tears, but had no luck. However, his speech was nice and his song was cute.

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I love you Emily July 03 2014 at 12:32 PM

That was so precious, it was right I cried, I needed that.

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ryryo1106 July 03 2014 at 3:04 PM

So sad, all the trolls who only come out from under the bridge to make negative comments...
This was a beautiful speech, and I'm sure, unforgettable for those students.

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