Alumni Return to Inspire the Next Generation
Phoebe Nieves celebrates her own graduation from college in the spring. She reached out to her alma mater and was invited to give a commencement speech to the 5th graders who graduated from Children's Community School in June 2015.
Phoebe's Message to our Graduates
In 1997 my father, brother and I moved to Connecticut from South Dakota so my dad, who was in the air force, could be closer to his parents. My grandma told my dad about this cute little school that was down the street from her house.
I was four years old when I first walked through the doors of CCS. Even though I was different, I was welcomed by every student, teacher and staff member at this school. I met the kids who would remain my friends until this day.
Every student is blessed with opportunities here they wouldn’t get at any other school. CCS provided me with the experience and knowledge I needed to become the student I am today. At middle school graduation, I was honored with awards for perfect attendance, talented and gift program completion, and the highest grade point average for reading, which I will credit to Ms. Roseanne. When I graduated from high school, I was a CAPT scholar and received several scholarships to attend college. I graduated from U Conn this May with a bachelor’s degree in allied health sciences and I plan to go back to get my nursing degree.
Before I came here tonight, I looked at my 5th grade year book where we had to say what CCS means to us. Eleven years ago I said “CCS means making new friends but remembering to keep the old.” Today, I would say that CCS means always having a place to turn to for support, guidance and encouragement.
(See a photo of Phoebe with her old friend from school, Keneisha, on our Alumni Page. Keneisha's story is there, too.)
100% of our students eligible to graduate from high school last year, did so.
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Children’s Community School lays the foundation for urban students' educational success by offering a robust curriculum and unique experiences, by developing their individual character, and by cultivating strong parent involvement.
Children’s Community School (CCS) provides an educational alternative for low-income families living in the Waterbury area. CCS has been providing a unique, high-quality, private education for 46 years. The educational model and the support of hundreds of volunteers results in a 92% on-time high school graduation rate of our children.
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