The theme was Sailing Away........
As we walked in the hall we found our granddaughter's buoy with a baby picture and her current photo. What a fitting idea, as Northern Voices did hold her afloat, from the time of her implant, to her being ready for a regular classroom. Pomp and Circumstance never sounded sweeter!
The graduates marched in wearing their Sailor Hats!!
As the ceremony got under way the emcee thanked the board, gave much praise to the staff and lots of praise to the parents of these special children. She thanked them for all the sacrifices they have made though the years, and appreciated their commitment to their children.
It was a bittersweet farewell; anxious to move on to new 'seas', and yet sad to leave behind the friends who have become like a light house in the port.
I'm not sure how cowboy boots fit into the Sailing Away theme, but that's my granddaughter!!!
Prior to getting their certificates a video/slide show was presented depicting each child's special talent.
My granddaughter chose scooter riding as her talent.
The "Class of 2013" was presented and received a hug from each of their teachers.
Then the parents had a chance to recognize the efforts of this great school. My son was willing to share what he and his wife went through to enable their daughter to attend this school. He also noted that he had logged over 125,000 miles just back and forth from their home to Northern voices:
I am sharing his family's story, which he wrote two years ago:
Today: Ceilie will be mainstreamed into first grade, no aide, just a normal first grade kid, with a blinking ear. She will be using a loop system, to enhance her hearing and that's it!!!
Becky earned her masters, and has secured a much better paying position, and my son will continue to be an advocate for Ceilie for another year or so, ensuring she begins first grade on a good note.
My son and his wife also made a public commitment to sponsor a family at risk. What they meant by 'family at risk' was; any particular student who can no longer continue at Northern Voices because of the high cost of gasoline. All Northern Voices has to do is determine the family in need, and Greg & Becky will provide one week's mileage cost every month for as long as the family needs their help.
After the ceremony, and all the tears were dried, the staff provided us all with bars/cookies and lemon-aid!
These are some courageous little kids!!
After personally thanking some of the teachers for all the have done my granddaughter, we left feeling blessed that Ceilie is off to a great new beginning!!
Ceilie and her sister hung on the sign for the last time!!