One year ago, six amazing young people graduated from Dakota Memorial School. These young people received their diplomas amidst pomp and circumstance, with lots of family and friends surrounding them.
For our seven graduates this year, COVID-19 has changed everything. They finished out their senior year doing distance learning, and we can't hold a graduation ceremony with a gym full of people. Fortunately, we are determined to make graduation a special time and will not be deterred from recognizing their hard work and accomplishments. This year's celebrations will look a little different as we will hold individual graduation ceremonies — each with a small group of the graduate's family and friends.
As I think about these new graduates, I can't help but think about the habits they've created through their hard work, determination, and commitment; and be reminded of a quote by Horace Mann, who is often called the father of the common school.
Mann said, "Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it."
While our graduates were at the Ranch, their lives were filled with people who helped them strengthen good habits. Every day, our caring and loving staff helped to weave a thread of goodness into their lives. As a donor, you helped to wind the thread and give it strength. Thank you!
Please let me introduce the Dakota Memorial School Class of 2020:
Please write their names down where you will be reminded to pray for them often. They've learned some great habits during their time with us, AND they continue to need our prayers.
P.S. If you need prayer or would like to just chat with someone, please contact me via phone, text, or email. My contact information is below.
Tim Unsinn, Senior Development Officer
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.