In her opening speech to the students, Gaff stressed that an early effort and focus on academics can go a long way and will eventually result in leaving high school on time and with a diploma.
“Our motto is ‘Raising to a Higher Standard.’ It’s going to take each and every one of you,” she said. “Our school is never going to be better unless you get better.”
Five students from Spalding High School, four of whom once attended Crescent Elementary, underscored this message by sharing their experience transitioning from elementary to middle to high school. These guest speakers also provided advice on how to make the right choices, manage time wisely and be respectful along the way.
Griffin-Spalding County School System Superintendent Curtis Jones, who attended Destination Graduation as a special guest speaker, made references to “The Wizard of Oz” to outline the road to graduation. As in the movie, it takes courage, heart and brains, he told the youngsters.
“If you have all three, nothing can stop you,” Jones said.