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Green Tree School & Services 2015 Commencement

Mike Sielski

(L-R) COO Julie Alleman, Philadelphia inquirer sports columnist Mike Sielski,
and CEO Trish Wellenbach

Green Tree School & Services held its commencement ceremony on Thursday night, June 11 on the second floor atrium of the agency. GTSS seniors Shadean, Anthony, Sierra, Kyeesha, Krysta and Quadir all were in attendance to hear keynote speaker Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist, talk about the idiosyncrasies of raising his son, who is on the spectrum, and how everyone needs to overcome his or her own specific set of challenges. Scholarships were presented by lower school teacher Thomas Black and behavior manager Harry Michel to Kyeesha and Anthony, respectively. Board chair Lawrence Hall introduced valedictorian Anthony who gave a heartfelt speech in which he thanked his fellow graduates for their friendship and loyalty. Director of education Lisa Wood and education coordinator Renee Roff shared stories about how each graduate matured and developed during their stay at Green Tree. Diplomas were then presented to the graduates, and a celebratory reception was held for students, parents, guardians and loved ones.
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Move up day

Green Tree School & Services 2015 Move Up Ceremony

Seven students from Green Tree School & Services’ lower school celebrated “moving up” to the upper school in a ceremony held the morning of Friday, June 12 in the agency’s conference room. Juwan, Elijah, Taylor, Kysheem and Nate were in attendance for this ceremony and Steve and Jair will also be attending the upper school come this fall but were unable to attend. After a welcome by director of education Lisa Wood, lower school coordinator Aleasa Walker offered words of encouragement to the soon to be upper schoolers. Social studies and homeroom teacher Debby Weber offered farewell wishes to the group, telling each student how they had excelled in their own way and had prepared for their next steps. Each student was given carnations to present to loved ones in attendance who had helped and supported them along the way. In addition to family members and loved ones, some GTSS teachers were touched when they were also recipients of these special tokens of appreciation. Upper school student Douglas then spoke to the next class of seniors, offering sage advice sure to help them make this big transition. Afterwards, fellow students, teachers and parents and loved ones enjoyed refreshments together.
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