Father Lance W. Harlow
Pomp and Circumstance
There was a time when many Americans only had a middle school education--or less. They were pressed into service on the farm or had to work in factories to support their families. Both my maternal grandparents only got as far as 8th grade and were not able to continue further. My grandmother said she always wanted to be a nurse, but without further education that was a dream unfulfilled. I am convinced she would have made an excellent one.
This time of year many boys and girls are graduating from high schools, colleges and middle schools. Thanks to you, our donors at the St. Nicholas Project, 8th graders are receiving their diplomas from the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Thanks to you, your financial contributions have provided them the stability they desperately needed to stay in school long enough to succeed. Thanks to you, your ongoing commitment to their care has helped them overcome social hardships. That's a big deal worth celebrating this graduation season!
As often as possible I play in the band for graduation at the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. We play Pomp and Circumstance, of course. It is one of my favorite songs!
This year when I hear it, I will think of you, our loyal donors, who have made it possible for these 8th grade boys and girls to graduate and take this first step to overcoming adversity. I hope that the next time you hear that song you'll remember what you made possible for these kids at Kurn Hattin Homes.
Please make a donation today for the kids whose graduation will only be possible because of your generosity. You're their best hope for that diploma! God bless you!