Yesterday was a proud moment for me.
Yesterday, Chris graduated from the 8th grade!
Some might say, and I'm inclined to agree to a degree, that graduating from 8th grade isn't a big accomplishment. More often than not now, kids are awarded for mediocre work so they won't be made to feel bad when others who actually applied themselves got an award.
BUT, in this case, Chris deserves his diploma:
Chris has learning disabilities. He's struggled throughout his school career to communicate with his classmates and teachers. His biggest issue is a speech delay, apraxia to be exact. He's been in speech therapy since Head Start and he IS making great strides but there's still that delay. With the speech delay, brings frustration and anger when people can't understand him and THAT brings up a whole 'nother list of "issues".
But I'm not here to talk about his shortcomings, problems and issues. I'm here to brag about how proud of him I am and just wanted to explain to you what an accomplishment he's made!
He had quite the cheering crowd at the back of the auditorium; Me, John, Aunt Leslie, Kathleen, Grandpa, Uncle Bryan, Meme, his Dad and his wife, and his Dads Mom and her husband, plus the 4 kiddos; McKayla, Law, Ly and Lilly.
I'll have to apologize now for the crappiness of the photos. My camera is toast so all I had was my phone. I tried my best to brighten them but a dark auditorium + no flash + camera phone = crappy photos. :-(
|Being recognized for his Perfect Attendance Award|
|Standing with his class|
|Accepting his Diploma|
He received a giant bear hug from the school principle, to the point of knocking Chris' hat off LOL. The principal was a great friend to Chris and helped to guide him throughout his years at the school.
|Grinning from ear to ear :-)|
Mrs. Ginger was also a great friend to Chris. She took him under her wing and I credit her for a lot of his progress. She understood him, reasoned with him and guided him. I know Chris will greatly miss her as he moves on to High School but we'll certainly stay in touch with this wonderful woman.
We are SO proud of you Chris! Continue the hard work as you move on to High School! We know you can do it!