Before the diplomas were handed out, the graduates and their teachers gave two rousing performances — they danced to Up, Up, Up by Susan Reed, singing “Up, up, up, up in a balloon. Up so high, I can touch the moon.” And they danced to Rocketship Run by the Laurie Berkner Band, singing “Take me to the stars. Take me to the stars. When I get there I’ll go jumping through the air, jumping from star to star.” The songs encouraged the students to be brave, to aim high, and to use their imaginations.
Graduation day was made especially memorable by the warmth, generous support, and enthusiastic encouragement of the families, friends, and teachers. The students were encouraged to look ahead to the next steps on their educational journey by a caring community dedicated to helping them reach their full potential. Executive Director Dr. Laura Mraz, echoing the sentiments of the proud families, observed “This is quite a day, and quite an achievement for all of our students. They have made so much progress over this school year and we’re so proud of how well-prepared they are to move on to their next adventure.”