Our kids showed up, looking & behaving like the smart, talented, remarkable people we know them to be. Many of them were moved to speak not only about the school but also about the friends they've made, the successes they've experienced, how comfortable & safe they feel at school, and about the teachers they know care deeply about them. No one opposed us, no one was cruel.
Parents spoke, proud to tears of their kids; graduates spoke, to much applause. We teachers didn't speak this time, partly because we had already given our piece to the school board but also because, really, we would just stand there blubbering over the bravery and sincerity of all those who got up before us. It was beautiful and, we hope, effective.
Ride the train, y'all