Perry praises WSD graduates for educational accomplishments: ‘You’ve done something you didn’t have to do’

Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) recently recognized hard work and educational accomplishment in a West Texas prison.

Perry was a September graduation speaker one Saturday morning at the Daniel Unit in Snyder for 13 GED recipients and 12 Career and Technical Education graduates – all from the Windham School District (WSD). CTE awards were presented to 11 completers from the WSD Construction Carpentry course, three OSHA Construction completers, one WSD Bricklaying/Stone Masonry course completer, and 11 men offenders who earned National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) industry-standard certification

Perry’s comments encouraged the students, family members, Windham educators, and TDCJ officers who attended the ceremony behind prison walls:

"I want you to walk away with a couple of things," Perry told the graduates. "You’re worthy, and you’ve done something you didn’t have to do … something that is going to be better for you and everybody with whom you come in contact. … Today gives your family the opportunity to see you complete something they’ve always wanted you to do. … I also recognize that you have a brighter future today because of your willingness to do this.

"I hope you leave here with a sense of hope and a sense of future that you didn’t have prior to completing this process. … You need to understand you guys have got character, or you wouldn’t be sitting here in front of your friends and family and this group today. … Along the back wall are instructors who also had faith in your ability to complete this task.

"Your legacy will be one of perseverance, one of accomplishment and one of encouragement. ... I hope you recognize the love and support of your family members. The love and support of the people who believed in you enough to help you get through this process is never wasted, even though you may not see it on a daily basis, an hourly basis or a minute-by-minute basis."

Perry then recognized and presented each graduate with a certificate of completion and congratulated family members who made the journey to honor their loved ones in prison.

"We appreciate Representative Perry encouraging these men who are making an effort to prepare themselves for success in the workforce after release," WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter said. "His visit is a powerful motivator to students to continue changing their lives and develop strong job skills for use after they leave the Texas prison system."