To the Editor:
Last night, I had the privilege of volunteering for the first time at the T.C. Williams All-Night Graduation Party at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, here in Alexandria.
I worked the 10:30 – 1:30 a.m. shift in the Velcro wall room, with another local mom, Diane Hill. Here, graduates put on Velcro suits and propelled themselves via trampoline onto a Velcro wall. Most of the suits were really too small for many of them (we only had one that was long enough for all the boys) and yet, we had not one frown, not one complaint. Nothing, but smiles and laughter, gracious patience in sharing the suits, support for one another and the pure joy of hurtling one’s self onto that wall.
I point this out, because I am tired of reading what’s wrong with T.C. Williams, when [this] night highlights everything that is right. Each year, this wonderful event goes on thanks to the hard work and contributions of so many parents, teachers, local businesses and police. We saw students last night from every clique, sport and background behaving like the superb, young people that they’ve become. I am proud to live in a community that is so diverse and cares enough about its children to sponsor such an event. But, most importantly, I am so proud of these kids, our kids.
Next fall, my own daughter will be in 10th grade at TC. I am looking forward to that day when, she too, will have this unique experience.
It’s terrific to be a Titan!
Beth Craig Jones