A special breakfast was held Friday morning for a group of high school graduates who traveled a different road to earn their diplomas. The Omaha Street School celebrated its graduates.
You can tell things are different at the Omaha Street School. God is welcome there. The students who make up the classes are a little different but they also welcomed.
Omaha Street School’s John Parsons said, “Most of our students have some touch with the juvenile justice system. Most of our students were falling through the cracks at public schools.”
Jaquez Wilson and Alicia Tyson are two of the six students who graduate from the school this year. Both have college in their future and both have high praise for the Street School. Both had a hard time in the public school setting.
Jaquez said, “The rules were too strict. It was a lot of people and I don’t do well in big crowds. And here, it’s smaller and you get to connect to more people. And they care.”
Alicia told us, “It’s small. The teachers, you get more one-on-one. The teachers care. They get into your personal life, Miss Pool, our principal. Mr. Wilson has also played a huge role in my life because he’s like a dad - a dad of the school.”
Family is the word most students use to describe their different school. It’s a concept that’s embraced. It’s real.
“It is part of our success and it can be difficult to measure. How do you measure family? How do you measure building strong relationships? That can’t show up in academics but to so many of our kids that have felt disconnected from the world, to connect to some place and to know that people care about them is critical to their life, to who they are as people regardless of how they function in school.”
The Omaha Street School has been part of the community for 15 years providing a place to go for students who had no other options.
The graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday.