As I attended the Bridge Program Commencement Ceremony I got teary eyed as they played a cheerful tropical version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" while showing a touching slide show of the graduates. It was a very heartfelt ceremony with encouraging words from the speakers and the student participants. Below you can read a statement about the Bridge Program and the Graduation from the Bridge Program Administrator, Gina Miller.
"The Bridge Program is a Transitional Program for Developmentally Delayed Adults 18-22 years old. The Program is designed to teach the students independent living skills. These skills include, but are not limited to, learning job skills, travel training, making and maintaining weekly budgets, banking, cooking, and going on community outings.
On Thursday, May 28, 2009, 10 Bridge students along with 4 County students received their Certificate of Completion. The night was a huge success and very gratifying for the students who have worked so hard these past 4 years. Gail Isserman, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel (MDUSD) was the key note speaker. Mildred Browne, Assistant Superintendent Special Education and Student Services (MDUSD) and Karen Sakata, Assistant Superintendent (County) recognized each of the students. The highlight of the night was our Valedictorian, Holland McRae, a graduating Bridge student. We want to wish all of the students good luck in their next endeavors!"
Gina Miller, M.Ed