Bittersweet Days at OLR
Eighth graders typically begin the school year anticipating – sometimes prematurely celebrating – graduation from Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School. When that day finally arrives, however, they suddenly appreciate what a “refuge” OLR has been for them. As excited as they are, students are heard to say how much they will miss the school – where several have been students since Kindergarten. Some will one day comprehend that OLR was the longest period of time they spent in any one school. It was home.
One long-standing, OLR tradition is to send the eighth grade on their way with a Clap Out. From the littlest up to those who will be stepping into the eighth graders’ shoes, students line the halls with teachers, parents, and staff. The graduating eighth graders take one last walk through OLR’s halls as they are cheered, high-fived, and applauded by those who will one day be taking the same walk if they are fortunate enough to have called OLR home through their eighth grade year.
Friday, May 30, the class of 2014 was “clapped out”. Students, teachers, families, and friends celebrated their graduation liturgy on Monday, June 2. Whether one of the majority of students entering Catholic high school – Orchard Lake St. Mary, Brother Rice, Marian, Mercy, St. Catherine, Our Lady of the Lakes – or moving on to one of the area public high schools, each graduate of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School has had the opportunity to enter the next stage of life empowered by strong moral convictions, acquired during a quality, Catholic, Christ-centered education.
God Bless OLR’s Class of 2014.