The graduating seniors of of Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, started the next step of their lives with a blast from the past.
Kindergarten teacher Jeff Berry, the first educator for several of the students in caps and gowns, served as the class’s keynote speaker. Thirteen years ago, Berry began his career as a teacher, two days before September 11, 2001. Looking upon the kids he first met when they were 5 and 6 years old, Berry offers these high schoolers the same advice that he taught years before.
“These are just simple truths that remind us all how we should conduct ourselves whether were 6, 16 or 60.” Berry shares in the video. “Share everything, play fair, don’t hit people. Be aware of wonder.”
To emphasize his point, Berry breaks into song midway through his speech, aptly choosing John McCutcheon s “Kindergarten Wall.”
Full of lessons that “grown-ups soon forget,” Berry uses his time at the podium to send off his fully grown kindergartners into the big, wide world with a song in their hearts and a melodic reminder to “hold hands, stick together, look before you cross the street.”