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2016 Graduates Reflect on Time Spent at Boys Town

May 19th, 2016     By Boys Town Contributor & Gavin, 2016 Boys Town Graduate

education, Saving Children, School, Youth Stories

This past weekend, 86 boys and girls walked across the stage to receive their diploma from Boys Town High School.

These kids come to Boys Town, Nebraska from all over the country. Some come from toxic home environments, others have gotten into trouble with the law. But what brought them to Boys Town doesn’t matter once they get here. What matters is that they work hard for a chance at a bright future. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments.

Below is a reflection from Gavin, Class of 2016:

Before I came to Boys Town, I was an unruly kid who couldn’t go to school without getting kicked out.  My mom split when I was two to live with a new boyfriend and she left me. I lived with a bachelor as a dad until I was nine.  When I turned 12, I moved around through family members and eventually got placed out of home due to my behaviors.

When I came to Boys Town, I wasn’t really scared or sad or lonely.  I had moved homes so much as a kid.  I was really just ready for a new adventure, a new start.  The home point card didn’t please me much, but I didn’t mind it much either.  The school card was the one I minded a lot.

Boys Town saved my life.  I really would have either lost my life due to my own life choices and behaviors or my family’s. Boys Town showed me how to live a normal life by getting a job and learning to make friends. Boys Town taught me to make relationships with people because I never had done this before with anybody, not even my mom or dad because I’d been passed around so much as a child.

Thank you Boys Town.

Read more reflections  here.

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