|Annual Excelsior Reunion|
Excelsior Reunion For Girls and Staff
Excelsior caferteria staff did an excellent job!ion text here.
by Vicki Sicard, Recreation Coordinator
On August 27th we had a BBQ, face painting, snow cones, music and a beautiful, warm afternoon to celebrate with our current and former residents and staff. What does this event mean to our former residents?Here is an email we received from the mother of one of our past residents:
"Our family lives in Virginia. Our teen-aged daughter had trouble behaving in school and the principal thought that Excelsior could help her. Reluctantly, we agreed to let her go in the middle of her sophomore year. We hated to send her two thirds of the way across the country to a place we knew nothing about. It was hard to have her gone; we missed her even though we flew out to visit once a month - figured we might as well put the college fund to good use! We got to know the staff and found them to be compassionate, stern, and fair - compassionate not only to our daughter but to us. As Kristin progressed by earning higher levels and doing better in high school, our pride (both hers and ours) blossomed. She has done MUCH better since returning home: she's more independent. She does her own laundry, is responsible for purchasing clothes and incidentals, and does homework without prompting (!!!). Making meals at Excelsior, both in Cottage and in Culinary Arts, instilled a passion for cooking. She always liked to put recipes together from scratch but now she's making family dinners and doing dishes twice a week. She doesn't blow up nearly as often. She loves to advise her friends - she's taken over the job of her assigned staff at Excelsior!"
To read more about the Excelsior Reunion, click here.