New Pathways for Children graduates four

New Pathways for Children, in collaboration with the Graves County School District, this summer graduated four students who previously had little expectation of completing their diplomas. Pictured, from left, are Darius Woodson, Thomas McDaniel, Cody Sullivan, and Dustin Leddington. Fellow residents, members of the facility’s staff, and parents added to the joy of the commencement, as Graves County Schools’ Superintendent Pete Galloway and his successor, then-Assistant Superintendent Kim Harrison conferred degrees. Like the graduates, displaying their own wide smiles of accomplishment were Dana Heath and Gina Smith, the teachers the school district supplies to educate residents, and the facility’s co-executive directors Glen Burse and Dr. Ricky Burse. “New Pathways for Children is a therapeutic residential facility that meets the needs of at-risk young men and women,” said Jan Jones, a case manager of the facility located in the northwestern Graves County community of Melber “…We are working with their emotional, social, physical, spiritual, and academic capabilities… Now, one boy is transitioning into independent living, going to West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Another is going into military service. They needed that stepping stone that education provides for a brighter future.” To learn more about New Pathways for Children, phone Dr. Ricky Burse at (270) 674-6061.
(Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

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