Have you ever been given a surprise party to celebrate a huge milestone? How did you feel? Maybe you cried tears of joy, breathed a sigh of relief, or held your head up with pride. You remember the ups and downs, challenges, and hard work it took for you to pass that test, raise that grade, and keep going when you wanted to quit and finally, YOU MADE IT!

A Kid’s Place recently hosted our first Graduation Celebration Luncheon. Held at the Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association, our kids and staff were welcomed into a beautiful black and gold decorated hall complete with streamers, confetti, and huge 2021 balloons at the center of the room. The kids all dressed to impress ooo’d and ahhh’d as they made their way to their seats.

Our Program director, Jynelle Batts began the program with a heartfelt speech congratulating our children on a job well done despite the obstacles they faced. Awards were given for Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Citizenship, and our Graduates. House Parents joined in on the fun with awards of their own for best dressed, most encouraging, and most tidy.

“I kinda knew it was going to be me because I inspire people to do whatever they like” ~Brian age 8

One of the highlights of the day was when Staci, our High School Graduate, was presented with the Bright Beginnings Award in Honor of Tracy Sheehan. This award will support Staci as she transitions into our aging out program and into the next chapter of her life.

We are so proud of our children’s resilience and accomplishments throughout this past year. We know that it was not easy, but THEY DID IT! Thank you to our amazing staff and supporters who help to make all this possible.

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