Operation Graduation 2013: Kaylie Ridinger (Athens, Ala.)

Date: May 22, 2013

Ombudsman opened new doors for me. The mind is a terrible thing to waste, and that was exactly what I was doing.

My senior year at my old school wasn’t good. I didn’t care about my grades or my diploma. I found out I was pregnant on September 11th, and I knew I had to change my goals.

I had no clue how important my senior year would be. I worked hard at my old school, but I couldn’t keep up. I would be so tired after eight hours of school that I’d sleep for the rest of the day when I was home.

I got the opportunity to attend Ombudsman in February 2013. And, I took it. I was a year behind in math and had so much work to do. All the teachers worked with me one on one. They encouraged me to try and do my best. I finished all my work, and I get to graduate with my class tomorrow.

I have so many dreams that I’m so much closer to reaching now that I’ve received my diploma. Without Ombudsman and the one on one help, I wouldn’t have graduated and wouldn’t be on the path I’m on. This is a great school, and I consider myself lucky to have been able to attend Ombudsman.


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