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Awards Day

Hi, this is Erin. Welcome to our new adventure at Palmetto Place – our blog! We really enjoy sharing snippets about our kids on Facebook, Twitter and through our enewsletter. But we think it’s time for more! We hope you’ll learn a little more about what we do and about what our kids go through and how we are trying to improve their lives. This is a great opportunity for us to answer your questions too. So think about what you want to know and ask away!

One of the things that strikes me so deeply with our kids is their desire for parental involvement. Last week, a fourth grader asked if I’d come to his school’s awards day. Of course I would! This kiddo was having a particularly rough week missing his family and was really wanting to be home.

I jumped at the chance to be there for him.

I was sitting in the third row of parents and was worried he wouldn’t see me. Sure enough, as his class filed into the auditorium, I saw his worried face trying to find me. I almost jumped out of my seat waving but held back and did a more reserved wave.

A huge smile broke out on his face and I could see him stand just a little taller. His eyes didn’t leave mine until he was seated. I could tell he was relieved that someone was there to cheer for him.

Moments like that make the hard days all worth it. I relish the days when I get to see a kid smile like that.

As names were called and certificates handed out, moms in the audience stood up to take their child’s pictures. You bet I did the same thing! This was one of those times when our kids just want to be normal. We work really hard to make “normal” a reality for them.

This fourth grader probably hadn’t had a parent at an awards ceremony – or any school function – in years.

The small amount of time I took out of my day to show up for this kid made a huge impact. This is what we do for 16 kids every day at Palmetto Place.