CHILD CARE GRADUATES release balloons with messages in memory of their teacher Joshua Ross.
CHILD CARE GRADUATES release balloons with messages in memory of their teacher Joshua Ross.

Ceremony more than a graduation

MARETTA McDonald is a mother whose child MiKeely graduated from Laidley Central Child Care but their teacher Josh won't be there to see them off to prep.

Teachers and parents decided to celebrate the occasion with certificates and mock university robes.

Joshua Ross is one of those still missing after the disaster in Grantham and a ceremony was held in his honour as well as his students.

"My child is graduating from preschool in Laidley and I am doing everything I can to make the graduation a really great day," Mrs McDonald said.

"I am organising a balloon release with pictures and messages saying things like "thank you for being a great teacher" and "we are going to miss you".

Director of Laidley Central Child Care Centre Tonya Piper said it would be great to organise them.

"Joshua Ross was their teacher and all the kids are going to be missing him knowing he was not there for their graduation," Mrs Piper said.

"Maretta and others organised a slideshow after the presentation as well as a balloon release with little messages and stuff like that."

On Monday they headed off to Prep after celebrating their ceremony.

Mrs Piper said some of the kids have been there since nursery.

"It is a big milestone in their lives and it is great their family can be there to celebrate too," Mrs Piper said.


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