An Applause As No Other!
by Larry Proffitt, Member of the BAT Leadership Team
Today I attended the high school graduation
of my niece in Wilmington, NC. A large class sat through the routine of
a ceremony always held precious by so many. When the time finally came
for what the graduates had awaited, the room was greeted by thunderous
ovations for the first to wheel, walk and stumble upon the stage. These
were those with goals as any other student, but they had achieved to
their best abilities against the exceptional circumstances
which were a part of their everyday lives. These were the special needs
students, and their triumphs were recognized wholeheartedly by not
only the guests in attendance, but by those who knew them best, their
It was AN APPLAUSE AS NO OTHER!
were celebrated on this day and were applauded by their families and
friends, but there was no applause to measure against the applause of
that first row of students. Their every move and expression sent
electricity through the room and all contained within. The help and
recognition this group of students received from their classmates moved
me to tears. They were tears of happiness for those being appreciated so
openly, but they also contained a hint of sadness as I realized sitting
there, that our government no longer appreciates our students as
individual nor exceptional. But for now, I will bask in their glory as I
absorb the applause they received, an applause as no other!