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Yorktown Students Cross the Bridge to Graduation

YORKTOWN, N.Y.—The Pines Bridge graduation may not have been a typical graduation but for the school’s students it was just as special.

Pines Bridge, a school serving children between the ages of five and 21 with multiple disabilities, held its graduation ceremony June 16 at the Yorktown BOCES campus.

Tricia Wagner of Yorktown entered the school when she was five without any way to communicate. The teachers at Pines Bridge first taught Wagner to communicate using a picture system, then sign language, before she learned how to speak.

Chris Gerosa, of Somers was a shy teenager when he entered the school. Now, he is fondly called the mayor of the school.

Student Ying Yao Zhang works at Kmart as part of the community outreach program, despite starting at the school without any knowledge of the English language or American culture. Her sister said the transformation Zhang made attending Pines Bridge was cause for celebration.

“I think she has accomplished a lot. She has come a long way,” she said.

At the ceremony, students proceeded to the front of the gym and had the opportunity to speak. A slideshow was shown with photos of the children from their years at the school.

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