Graduation is kind of hard for me, I appreciate the uniqueness of each student, know a lot of their personal story and what makes them happy and sad. It shows in their art, it shows in their daily interactions. And so to have these relationships come to an end, such as they are, is a heart wrenching affair. I've had so many fantastic students through the years, and what is amazing is the phenomena known as facebook!!! I can keep up with them and their lives after hs on FB, which is something I really enjoy. It is so cool to know what they are doing through their college/tech/jobs after school. AND I have gotten 16 friend requests in the past 48 hours- all from former students, and in a few cases, kids I never even HAD as students in the art room. Which is cool.
At any rate, there were a few tears shed by me this weekend, I have several special children graduating. BUT WAIT, I guess the aren't children any more.
So while I don't have an extensive selection of photos from the parties, there are a few here, along with my carryings on the Thursday before graduation day- that is when the real goodbyes were said.
|Billy H., Tim L., Mary P., me, Brooke, Lisa D.|
|I've know Lisa since she was a baby!|
|Brandon, Amanda, Belle, Emma, BrianS., Corey H., me, Ryan, Kaylee|
|Belle, Brandon, Brian|
|Noelle, Ryan,Amanda, Kenray, Kayla, (Bo- the official mascot), Nicole, Tiffany, Harli, Mariah, Allie|
|Sarah and I|
|Kenray and I on graduation day|
|My stars- Sarah and Kenray|
|Part of the choir during the ceremony|
|FUNNY pic- Jon and John, Debi and Debbie Oswald|
|Brenda Oswald- the carpenter's wife|
|My buddy Maia Oswald|
|I found Erica at Mark and Renee's house- at Lisa Donner's party.|
So it will all start over again next school year with the next batch of awesome students. And we will find some joy.