Village Way educational communities bid farewell to their graduates with joyous ceremonies for students, teachers, family and friends.
Our diverse Village Way educational communities bid farewell to their graduates with enthusiastic ceremonies for students, teachers, family and friends. We were thrilled to see evidence of the Village Way methodology at these ceremonies, whether it was the content of the speeches, or the involvement of students, graduates, and parents in the production of the ceremonies.
At Ort Psagot Technology High School, located in Migdal HaEmek, the graduation ceremony reflected the message of “It Takes A Whole Village To Raise A Child” as students, educators and families were honored throughout the program.
At Miftan Tamra High School, an Arab high school, both students and graduates showcased a traditional Debka dance group. This dance group was developed during the school’s Village Way process as a way to provide youth with experiences of success (Tikkun Ha’Lev-healing the heart) and connect them to their cultural traditions (Anchors in the Past). The group was so proud to perform for family members and loved ones at graduation.
At Ort Tel Nof Air Force High School, located in Rehovot, the featured guest speaker was a “graduate of honor”. The school community is working more with graduates and developing long-term relationships with graduates as they represent role models for current students, reflecting the Village Way component of Anchors in the Future.
Graduates Honor Parents at Ceremony
In many schools for youth at risk, the parent community is overlooked as partners in problem-solving. The Village Way encourages educators to work to empower children in the eyes of their parents, and to empower parents in the eyes of their children.
At Ramat Hadassah Youth Village, near Haifa, graduating seniors honored their parents at the graduation ceremony. During a special song, graduating seniors came down off the stage to give a flower to their parents, thanking them for their support and commitment. There were tears in the eyes of parents, with great affection shared between parent and child.
Congratulations to all of the graduates at all of our partnering communities!