A TESTAMENT AND TRIBUTE TO OVERCOMING: 35 YOUTH RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMAS FROM ANDRUS ORCHARD SCHOOL
“You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! quoted Bryan R. Murphy, ANDRUS President and CEO and Dr. Seuss fan as he addressed the 35 eighth graders who received their diplomas from the award-winning special-education ANDRUS Orchard School on Friday, June 24th. Truly the sky’s the limit for these youth who came from all walks of life and challenges and are now celebrating an achievement they once viewed as impossible…graduation.
Previously unable to thrive in traditional school settings, the Class of 2016 benefited from the efforts of highly trained special education experts, small class settings, individualized attention and support and have gained life skills and the art of managing emotions and academic competency. Some will attend mainstream education at their district high school and others will go to secondary schools specializing in working with youth who have learning, emotional and/or adjustment difficulties.
Bryan shared privately with a group of parents, “From day one, your children have worked long and hard to heal, unlock their passion and abilities, build skills and learn that it is their goals and grit that matter, not their perceived limitations. We could not be more proud of them and look forward to their return visits as role models to our residents and students.
ANDRUS: With programs on campus, in schools and in community-based settings throughout Westchester County, the nonprofit reaches over 4,000 children and families each year from the New York Metropolitan area. Visit www.Andrus1928.org to learn more.