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On July 31st, the Hogar del Niño educational and daycare center in La Romana celebrated its 12th high school graduation. This was a unique and out of the ordinary occasion since it was the first time it was done virtually but regardless of that it was filled with emotion and it was a moment that not only the 57 graduating students will remember, but also their friends and families who accompanied them throughout their time in school.
More than 150 people logged in to witness this special occasion. Awards were given to several students for their achievements, academic performance, and the student Carolyn D’Agostin received this year’s academic excellence by Xiomara Menéndez, who also took the opportunity to address the graduating class commending them for their efforts throughout their time in the school and wishing them all the best in their future endeavors.
During the ceremony, Aida José, in the representation of the students’ parents and the Ismeyri Sánchez, representing the students, thanked everybody for their continued support.
One of the most moving moments of the graduation was the delivery of Scholarships where various of the school’s collaborators offered a few words of motivation, starting with Mr. Gustavo Ariza Executive Vice President of APAP (Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos) who presented three scholarships to Carolyn D’Agostin, Ismeyri Sánchez y Ruth José. Another five PBO Scholarships were also awarded by Andrea Brenes (McDonald’s Vice President, RD), Carlos Miranda (PBO Social Innovation Advisor), Olga Fanjul (PBO Collaborator), Ana Karen Peralta (PBO Educational Innovation Projects Advisor), Addys Then Marte (Executive Director of the ONG Alliance), to the students Karolyn López, Fernando Pounder, Hiury Santana, Nayeli Matos y Eliu Montero. One final scholarship was presented to the student Luis Ramón Mateo Yan by Alessandra Avanzini (Director of Project Development and Communications PBO).
Finally, the ceremony came to an end with the class song. “This graduating class will be one that we will hold forever close to our hearts,” the Patronato Benéfico Oriental told Casa de Campo Living.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2020, and many thanks to the Casa de Campo community members who continue to support the Hogar del Niño every day!!!
[Pictures courtesy of the Patronato Benefico Oriental]
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.