It was a beautiful night.
We arrived at the hotel with enough time to get ready for Grace’s special evening.
When we arrived, however, we discovered that when booking our room online I had somehow inadvertently booked it for the wrong day. When Toby went to check in and get the key to our room he was informed that they weren’t expecting us for 3 more weeks. Oops!
So Toby then got to haggle on the phone with Orbitz, trying to fix my mistake, while Grace and I began getting ready in the car. We did our hair and make-up in the parking lot so when Toby finally got our room key with only 10 minutes to spare, we just had to change our clothes. We got to the country club with time to spare.
The venue was beautiful. It felt like we were at a wedding reception rather than a school ceremony.
When we arrived we were greeted by many of Gracie and Rusty’s teachers whom we have met before at various outings, as well as many of their teachers that we had not met before. Grace was especially excited to meet her learning coach, Mr. Dolan.
We were seated at table 4 with Mr. Dolan and another family. We enjoyed an evening of nice conversation, beautiful live music, and delicious food prior to the start of the ceremony.
Dinner consisted of a delicious mixed green salad followed by an entrée of our choice. We were given three different options and Toby, Grace and I all picked the same dinner:
Cedar Plank Salmon with mashed potatoes and green beans.
It was all SO good.
Our meal ended with cheesecake for dessert.
Then the ceremony began.
The night was a celebration of the accomplishments of these special kids. There were keynote speakers and a presentation of the qualities demonstrated by the students in NHS:
It was then time for the Enlightenment Ceremony, the ceremonial lighting of the inductees’ lantern of knowledge.
Then the students lifted their right hands, repeated the induction pledge, and were presented with their National Honor Society pins.
The teachers then planned something special for the students as a surprise. The parents were all contacted and asked to send in a short note, written to their child, to be read during the ceremony. As the students letters were read, there was a slide show of the students’ pictures playing in the back ground. It was a special touch added to an already wonderful night. Here is the note that was read to Gracie:
Dear Miss Gracie-
What a joy it is for us to be celebrating this day with you. We are so proud of your accomplishments, but even more so, we are proud of who you are. We delight in your kind spirit, your empathy and humility, your tenacity and diligence. We have watched you work hard to overcome the challenges that have made school work harder for you than others, and yet you have never given up or made excuses. You simply dig deeper, work harder and reach higher to be all that you are destined to be. Your example is a strength to your siblings and your friends, and a blessing to your parents. Stand tall, sweet girl, and remember who you are. Your future is bright! We love you and are proud to call you daughter!
Love- Mom and Dad
After the ceremony we stayed long enough for Gracie to be in some group photos and to say good-bye to her teachers. Each of the inductees also received a gift from the school. In the gift bag was a 21cccs National Honor Society shirt and a school mug filled with candy.
The evening ended at 8:30pm.
It was such a special night and once again we were so impressed with 21st Century Cyber Charter School and the way they always go above and beyond for their students and their families.
Well done, 21cccs
and great job, Gracie!
We are so proud of you.