there are days when I want to give up
and then there are days like yesterday, when it’s all worth it
every second of frustration is erased with tears and cheers that come with watching 154 kids walk across the stage and receive their diplomas
for me and most of my friends high graduation was a given, I didn’t even have to try.
But these kids are different…
one saw her father murdered in front of her
one lost her best friends in a car accident that she survived
one who took 7 years to get through highschool
several in the foster system because parents are incarcerated
a few that have been incarcerated themselves
many who had been expelled from previous school
and most who had or at least thought of giving up
but they all made it…and we don’t make it easy, not only do they have to earn credits in the core they have to receive minimum scores on the same test community colleges use to decide what courses to place students in — the minimums are set so if they go on and 80% of them do to college they won’t have to waste time and money on remediation courses.
So cheers to you the Hope Online Graduating Class of 2010, we are so very proud of you.
PS…Let Summer begin! One of my favorite things about summer “So You Think You Can Dance” I decided since I used the Kate Bush/Maxwell Song for my post title it’s fitting that I post the video of one of my all time favorite routines.