EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Preschoolers from Easterseals have graduated and received their diplomas.
“Did you graduate today? “Yes, I did. How do you feel about being a graduate? In 15 years.”
Who knows where the children of Easterseals will be in 15 years.
But for now, graduating preschool is a milestone for the kids at Easterseals.
It means they worked harder to overcome individualized goals, occupational, physical and speech therapy programs, in addition to normal preschool classwork.
“We have goals that are set for them- my job is to work on those goals with them throughout the school year.”
The Dan and Nancy Mitchell Therapeutic Preschool is for children with childhood disabilities and developmental delays. Janea Garrett’s son has been involved with Easterseals since he was just a few months old.
“I can’t even put into words what they’ve done for my son- we’ve been with Easterseals since he was three years old – they got him to walk – they got him to talk- now he can spell his name- it’s just a tremendous program.”
Each child born with a disability is given the support necessary to participate fully in life and to have dreams and hopes, successes and achievements come true. As for this five-year-old full of life, he wants the world to know where he graduated from, and of course his name.
“Where did you graduate from today? Easton: From preschool – and yea my name is Easton.”
An outspoken witty, charming young man is how his parents describe him as a kid that won’t miss a beat – his message to his fellow graduation class of 2019.
“Congratulations graduates – there you go- yea yea yea.”
Ten children graduated and got their diplomas. They’ll be able to move to traditional classrooms.
(This story was originally published on May 22, 2019)