“All kids thrive” is the vision the staff at Pressley Ridge share. This can be seen in that most common rite of passage for teenagers…graduation. This year the Class of 2013 was comprised of 5 students from PRSA and 14 students from the Day School. They were silly and nervous as all seniors are when anticipating the next step in their young lives. The girls were wearing pretty summer frocks and wobbling along on high heels. The boys were gussied up in khakis and dress shirts, some in new suits. Proud parents, loving family members and close friends lined up for photos with the beaming graduates. So often we hear from families that they aren’t sure their youngsters would make it to graduation if they hadn’t been nurtured by the staff at Pressley Ridge. We work hard to find the right balance of support and push. We do our best to encourage change and help kids and families identify strengths and skills they possibly didn’t know they possessed. We believe in the mission of Pressley Ridge: “Whatever it takes to create success for children and families”. But in truth we only set the stage for these kids and families to succeed. They must choose to reach out for it. So as we watched those young men and women stride across that stage, we all recognized that they were the product of a community of committed people. The passing of this very ordinary milestone by this group of graduates, experienced by 12th graders around the country, was in fact extraordinary.
Commencement was such collaboration with so much help this year, I will not try to thank everyone because I will surely miss someone who contributed to the effort. I will only say thank-you to everyone who contributed in a large or small way. The impact on these kids cannot be measured.