YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- How do you measure success? Combine practical and everyday skills, add the number of relationships formed with students and teachers, then apply the calculation to seven students who just graduated from the Pines Bridge School at Puntam/Northern Westchester BOCES
The graduates were greeted by Principal Csilla Mate and retired principal Robert Kelderhouse to mark their achievement.
“The Pines Bridge graduates have had many, many challenges that most of us will never understand,” said Kelderhouse.
He added that they have reached this point in their lives thanks to the love and commitment of their parents, the support of their teachers and their own hard work.
“Now, they are ready to embark on the next steps in life.”
Each graduate either spoke or was spoken about by a teacher.
Christopher Quimby was called “a scientist at heart, a news reporter during Thursday New-2- You groups, a mathematician and an avid reading companion” and “all around academic student.”
Noah Krantz called his classmates “awesome” and thanked his parents and siblings for “being with me through everything.”
Anthony Cashman noted his work sites at Pepsi, Turcos and Once Upon a Child, thanked his family and said he would miss his teachers.
Tristan Kirby was lauded as the “class clown” for bringing laughter, humor and joy to the school day. Tristan loves music and roughhousing and has a special bond with Aloha, the therapy dog.
Crystal Russ said she had enjoyed her years at BOCES and liked working at TJ Maxx, Sears and the library. She thanked her parents and family for their love and support.
Katelyn Townson said she had learned many skills at Pines Bridge, had enjoyed working in the community and appreciated the love and encouragement of her parents and grandparents.
Andrew Beale thanked his family “for helping me to be the best I could be.”
Pines Bridge is a school for students with multiple disabilities.
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