by Max Cea and Julie Kassel
This past Thursday, May 26, the Valley Cottage Elementary school courtyard was abuzz with activity: live music was played, white table cloths were decorated with crayon drawings, balloons were distributed, lots of delicious food was eaten, children played and proud families convened. The small but joyous gathering was a graduation, albeit one with less fanfare than the one that will take place at Maccalman field next month. At this graduation, there were only two graduates, and each was only three years old. They were graduating from Nyack Schools’ Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) — nine other children were also there, celebrating the conclusion of their first year in the program — which will likely be as influential a step in their long-term success as their future convocations.