Latham Centers 2015 End of the Year Celebration Marks Another Successful Year
June 24, 2015
Annually, Latham Centers hosts families of students who reside on campus, local politicians, staff, and alumni to the Latham Centers End of Year Celebration. On Friday, June 19th visitors came from across the street and across the country to celebrate another successful year. For the first time this event was at the Latham Campus Expansion site. Students hugged parents that they haven’t seen for months, and alumni reconnected with teachers and staff who helped prepare them for life outside of Latham. Students danced and sang, and the Latham Players Adult Theater Troop made a memorable visit, acting out a few skits, songs, and dances.
The theme was Mastery, as defined by Reclaiming Youth International Circle of Courage®, “Competence in traditional cultures is ensured by guaranteed opportunity for mastery. Children were taught to carefully observe and listen to those with more experience. A person with greater ability was seen as a model for learning, not as a rival. Each person strives for mastery and personal growth, but not to be superior to someone else. Humans have an innate drive to become competent and solve problems. With success in surmounting challenges, the desire to achieve is strengthened.” Our students exemplify this definition every day by mastering traits of skill building, patience and understanding. This past year, in particular, as seen through our blog, has been a huge year of growth for our vocational program with 100% of our students employed on and off campus.
Additionally, we recognized and awarded three community partners, one student, two staff and one local politician. Recipients included Puritan Cape Cod and the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod for working together for three years preparing students for the Annual Best Buddies Prom. Rogers & Gray Insurance was recognized for hiring one of our students, helping mold her into the smiling, hard-working young woman she has become. That same student, Annee, received the President’s Award for Outstanding Vocational Achievement. Carol Sullivan and Penelope Chatterton were both awarded for working tirelessly at Latham Centers. Lastly, Charles Sumner, Brewster Town Administrator was also recognized.
These photos are just some of the many amazing moments captured on Friday. Thank you to everyone for another successful year.
Composed by Katrina Fryklund
Director of Development