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Guiding Hand leads youth into future

By Dean Wright - deanwright@civitasmedia.com



Cliftin Bowyer (left) graduates from the Guiding Hand School program as he takes his next step into the adult world. Gallia Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Pamela Combs shakes his hand.

Cliftin Bowyer (left) graduates from the Guiding Hand School program as he takes his next step into the adult world. Gallia Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Pamela Combs shakes his hand.


Guiding Hand School students lead a musical presentation before parents and friends as they embark into their next respective academic stages.


GALLIPOLIS — Guiding Hand School preschool program youth and graduating senior Cliftin Bowyer, took their next steps into the future Tuesday during respective transition and graduation programs presented by the school.

The preschool program shared the ABC Song and the Goodbye Song with the audience. Guiding Hand Director Suzanne Eachus praised the performances of students over the past year.

Teacher remarks were made by Jodi Newell, Laurie Hoover and Erica Leffingwell. Kerington Lear, Luke Lovejoy and Angela Searls were given special recognition as they transition into into their respective local elementary schools.

Benjamin Barrett, Glenn Chick, Benjamin Davison, Mason McCarley and Amy Mulford graduated from the Guiding Hand preschool program and were afterwards honored with a photo slide show put on by the Guiding Hand staff and treated to refreshments after.

Cliftin Bowyer processed as the sole Guiding Hand senior graduate of the program. Eachus remarked on his progress throughout the years as she knew him as a young child and both she and Gallia Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Pamela Combs wished him the best in the years to come as he walks onto new challenges and new possibilities.

He also was treated to a slide show of his years through the Guiding Hand program and visitors partook in refreshments after.

“We’re so proud of our students,” said Combs. “We thank our staff, the families and the students for all of their hard work in making this possible.”

Combs and Eachus welcomed families to return to visit at anytime and if they needed any support or encouragement to feel free to reach out.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

Cliftin Bowyer (left) graduates from the Guiding Hand School program as he takes his next step into the adult world. Gallia Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Pamela Combs shakes his hand.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/05/web1_5.24-PPR-Shool1.jpgCliftin Bowyer (left) graduates from the Guiding Hand School program as he takes his next step into the adult world. Gallia Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Pamela Combs shakes his hand.

Guiding Hand School students lead a musical presentation before parents and friends as they embark into their next respective academic stages.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/05/web1_5.24-PPRSchool2.jpgGuiding Hand School students lead a musical presentation before parents and friends as they embark into their next respective academic stages.
Guiding Hand leads youth into future

By Dean Wright

deanwright@civitasmedia.com

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