Thursday, June 25, 2009

Triumph of the Human Spirit

It's an expression I tend to use a lot: "Triumph of the human spirit". Although in the case of The Alternate School in St-Lambert, I honestly don't think I could find a more fitting way to describe it.

I read in the Montreal Gazette this morning an article by Mike Boone about the diplomas ceremony held last night for the 11 graduates of this school. (Honestly it was one of the better written pieces I've seen in the Gazette in AGES.)

For those of you not familiar with the Alternate School, let me explain... it is a school here that was started by local teachers. The school caters to kids who have had a "difficult" life: children who were victims of rape, sexual abuse, drug users and all sorts of other things much to personal to mention here. Over the years I have known a few graduates from the Alternate.

I just want to take a minute to congratulate these kids when the world stopped caring about them, they never stopped caring about themselves. Even though it was an uphill battle in a place like the Alternate they found hope in each other and strength within themselves. No matter what they decide to do with their lives I know they will succeed because they have already overcome everything life has thrown their way. Congratulations to all of you.

Names of this year's graduates:
Catherine Dupuis-Ruffner
Lydia Allen
Elissa Stevens
Devin Buchel
Katy Belanger
Eliza Crabey
Jason Dery
Clevio Chartier
Jean-François Thompson-Trudeau
Katrina Laperle.

Muchacho Enfermo

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