Graduations are times to think big and dream bright—to summon positivity regarding an idealistic vision for the future—but the last four years were so different that they often didn’t feel like school at all. As opposed to students gathering and laughing throughout the hallways, students and teachers became little boxes on a screen. This is how high school began for this group, who were Freshman in 2020.
For the first time in history, learning was taking place from thousands of bedrooms, kitchens, porches, churches, and parking lots. Once the students returned to in-person learning, the experience was masked, distanced, tracked, tested, and under the constant threat of being shut down due to an outbreak. While the country was facing waves of COVID-19 and our country’s climate fell into discord, the Class of 2023’s journey throughout high school was no less than harrowing.
Each year, the Building Bridges family recognizes the achievements of our graduating seniors during our Senior Send-Off. It is a personal, intimate event that allows our graduates and their advocates a time to reflect on their experiences and to share the success and challenges of the last four years.
And now, look at what they have accomplished…
They remained focused. They adapted. They stayed on-task. They completed their assignments and passed their tests. They remained strong and resilient.
They also supported and checked-in on one another. They prayed for each other. They were hit with the unexpected before they even had a chance to put on armor and, through it all, they still made it through.
…so a hearty congratulations to the Class of 2023 and best wishes for a bright, successful, and impactful future.