Texas legislator honors Windham School District graduates and family members with words of encouragement in Gatesville
Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) spoke at the Windham School District GED and vocational graduation at the Hughes Unit on June 28, 2014.
"The fact that you are here shows you have taken some steps to improve yourself and your standing in life … we support you and applaud you for that choice," he said. "We support and congratulate the family members who are here to show their love and devotion to you on this momentous day."
Sheffield encouraged the offenders to continue to prepare themselves for successful, productive lives after release:
"We believe by doing what you have done today to get to this graduation you have proven you have what it takes to make a difference in your life … to improve yourself," he said. "All of us who have lived this life long enough know we cannot determine what’s going to happen in our lives, but we can determine how we react to what happens in our lives."
Hughes Unit graduates had completed GED or vocational training, as well as receiving National Center for Construction Education and Research certification. Their accomplishments were recognized by family members, school faculty, and unit staff attending the graduation.
A Texas legislator recently honored Windham School District graduates and their family members with words of encouragement in Gatesville.
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