I saw a little blurb on the news that touched my heart is a big way. I think that with all teachers, a student's personal triumph - large or small - matters. Educators can cajole, push, and encourage, but the accomplishment is up to the student . A senior at Windber High School in Windber, Pennsylvania, has spina bifida. She has been in a wheelchair for her lifetime, although she has always wanted to walk She left her wheelchair behind on graduation night, when she WALKED - with the aid of her mom and a walker - to receive her diploma. She dreamed it, she worked toward it, and she accomplished it! What a magnificent personal triumph! I am teary-eyed even writing about this.
When a student reaches a personal goal, it should be celebrated! I am so thrilled for this young lady that she could achieve her goal and walk across the stage on such a meaningful occasion. I am sure that many students and teachers cried tears of joy for her.
Here is a video of this wonderful moment. Congratulations to Megan Ott and her dream walk! Well done!
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