As North Myrtle Beach High School graduation approaches, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the work Teen Angel has been able to accomplish over the past school year with the assistance of so many generous individuals and organizations in our community.
Those that have volunteered countless hours, made donations, and offered financial assistance continue to inspire and motivate me as much as the homeless and disadvantaged high school students in the North Myrtle Beach area. Thank you. It is through this generosity that we’re able to help make the dream of high school graduation a reality.
The community’s contributions have gone to pay for a number of things, including: electric, grocery, motel and plumbing bills; Christmas presents; driving lessons; yearbooks; rent; cell phones and laptops; college visits; gas; shoes and clothing; backpacks; senior pictures; hair cuts; medical and dental expenses; prom dresses; tuxedo rentals and more for over 60 homeless or disadvantaged students.
But of what Teen Angel is able to help provide these students, the most gratifying expenditure is the purchase of their graduation caps and gowns. This week is a week of celebration for so many reasons, and I want to thank the North Myrtle Beach community for the graduations they have made possible for over four years now.
The support both Teen Angel and myself receive from friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers encourages me, and more importantly, our students, that even though it isn’t always easy, the hard work is well worth the reward.
The writer is director of the Teen Angel program.