Vermilion Outreach School recently celebrated graduation with eight students being honored on May 25th.
Graduation is a highlight of our school year. This year there were eight graduates from Vermilion Outreach School. The students and their family celebrated with a supper and ceremony on May 25th. Trustee Jim King addressed the students on behalf of Buffalo Trail Public Schools and Thomas Laurence spoke on behalf of East Central Catholic Schools. The recipient of the Vermilion Rotary Scholarship was Jake Glasgow. Two students received the Vermilion Outreach Scholarship of $500 each sponsored by the Vermilion Youth Justice Committee. This year the award went to Brandi and Shayne. We want to thank Jess Kennedy for the wonderful pictures, Lasting Impression Catering for the great food, School of Hope for the use of the hall and all our guests and speakers.
The school year has been a strong year for our program. We had a large number of registrations and quickly we were helping around 35 students per day. Our population is always diverse as students bring different talents, personalities and goals. This year, the group of students connected very well with each other creating a lively atmosphere. The students took on an assortment of activities, many organized by Jodi our VIBE coach. Several students became mentors for young people at Vermilion Elementary School. The mentors planned lessons with growth and learning for both the mentor and mentee.The highlight of the year was our Kindness Blooms project where the students partnered with Cornerstone Coop and Decals and Signs to promote community members to help each other.
The graduation was an excellent opportunity to celebrate a great year. Thanks to the all the organizations who supported us this past year: the Edge, Striker’s Bowling, Lakeland College, Vermilion Elementary School, Vermilion Public Library and our neighbors downtown. We would also like to thank the two school districts for the tremendous support from both Buffalo Trail Public Schools and East Central Catholics Schools, who operate the school in partnership. Our program will be continuing to operate and provide educational opportunities for those who require a flexible, independent program beyond a traditional classroom.
Students in Grad picture:
Standing Left to Right: Jessica Nichols, Kelly Fowler, Jake Glasgow, Brandi Preikschas-Flaathen
Sitting L to R:Shawn Heward, Shayne Heward