It's called Project Make 'Em Weep and though the name sounds a tad sadistic, the intent couldn't be more opposite.
How often do teachers get to hear from their students that they did in fact make an impact? As this year's Enumclaw High School seniors are just days away from graduation, now's a ripe moment for these students to reflect back on their education careers in the Enumclaw School District and think of those teachers, custodians, and even school bus drivers who in some way -- big or small -- helped make them the accomplished young men and women they are today.
Over two days this week, students donned their cap and gown and with peers headed to nearly every building in the district surprising teachers and staff members with an honorary diploma and a heart-felt thank you.
"Our seniors have chosen somebody from every school in our district and every department in our district across the board for really personal reasons," said principal Jill Burnes. "It could be one comment that was made at one moment or it could be a relationship that's lasted a number of years. It's a really great opportunity for the kids to reflect and then to share back."
We want to thank Principal Burnes for allowing Patch to come in this week and witness some of these moments.
We also want to thank the following Enumclaw High School seniors for allowing us to follow them during this special project:
- Sherry Baer
- Andrew Bass
- Molly Colyer
- Tim Dion
- Tay Floyd
- Kristin Gonzales
- Taylor Hardman
- Justin Hendrix
- Hailey Higgins
- Olivia McFarland
- Dan Milat
- Jaclyn Mitchell
- Tyler Salsbury
- Cole Snider
So did they in fact 'Make 'Em Weep'? Watch the video. We've got a tissue box here too just in case you need it.