The National Home's Community Celebration is an annual highlight in our community. Each year, residents, trustees, staff and guests gather in the Community Center auditorium to publicly recognize the academic and personal achievements our residents have attained during the past year.
The event kicks off with our youngest honorees, the National Home's preschool graduates. This year, seven youngsters will head off to kindergarten in the fall. And they are more than ready, thanks to the National Home’s on-site early childhood education program.
School-age residents are also recognized for their academic achievements. This year, several students were recognized for making the honor roll, improving their math or reading proficiency and other achievements, both in and out of the classroom. Thanks to generous supporters we are able to offer educational services and enrichment programs like our science lab, our newly-updated computer lab, library, tutoring and other educational offerings, which in turn help these young scholars achieve great things in the classroom.
Finally, we recognized parents for their personal and professional achievements. Their stories can often serve as motivation for other residents working toward their goals, inspiring future success. Staff members often hear from residents in the audience how much it has meant to them to hear the stories of other families' successes.
This year, we honored three parents whose lives had been forever changed thanks to the opportunities they have had living at the National Home. Each one expressed their gratitude for the opportunity living at the National Home has been for them and shared her personal story of success. "This was a really special night for me," one attendee remarked. "The National Home is such a great community, and I'm proud to be a part of it!"