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2011: Our 20th Graduating Class
On June 19th, the young men at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center celebrated a most important event in their lives. Together with their families in an atmosphere of great accomplishment, 22 students marked their graduation from high school. In many communities in Israel and throughout the world, children grow up in families where from a young age there is a basic assumption that they will graduate from high school. In families where parents for various reasons are unable to provide the needed emotional, educational or financial support to their children, graduating high school is not at all taken for granted. The majority of the students at the Bet Shemesh Educational Center fall into this category. With this background in mind, the overwhelming feelings of success at the graduation ceremony were something that everyone present felt very strongly.
With great patience, support and a guiding and encouraging hand, the Educational Center’s teaching staff, as well as the social worker and dormitory counselors, have helped our students grow from boys to young men, who are leaving the sheltered setting of the Center and embarking on challenging new directions. 11 of the graduates will continue in various settings for a year or two before serving in the Israeli army. 8 will begin their army service within the coming months, including 5 who will become combat soldiers. 3 of the graduates will be participating in a program that combines studies towards becoming an electrical technician, prior to applying their studies towards serving in the Israeli Air Force. All of the graduates have gained confidence and emotional strength from their experiences at the Educational Center, enabling them to move on to become the next generation of contributing Israeli citizens. We extend our congratulations and warm wishes to all of the graduates.
For more information visit: http://www.betshemesh-educenter.org.il