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5/23/03 - Tyler

Graduation Just First Step for Special Students

Decked out in red, nine Robert E. Lee seniors have over come some of life's challenges.

"I am going to Christian college," says Ryan Weaver, a life skills graduate.

Ryan Weaver's part of the close knit group of special life skills students who haven't missed out on a thing. They've been to prom together and now they're graduating together.

Ryan Weaver proclaimed, "It was exciting!"

For Ryan's mom, today was kind of overwhelming. "It's been a long haul, it's very exciting," says Kim Weaver, a mother of graduate.

Ryan's been in TISD's special education program, highly regarded by parents, since he was 3.

"He's been to the football games, dances, managed the basketball team," says Kim Weaver.

"The kids have accepted him just like anybody else," says Ray Weaver, father of a graduate.

Parents like Claudette March are grateful for that.

"I am happy Kendrick has gone through his 12 years," says Claudette March, a parent. "They have always been good with him here at Robert E. Lee."

That good care can in turn make graduation day tough for parents.

"They took away a lot of the worry and pain for me because I knew he was in good hands," says Claudette March.

Now each graduate has a treasure in their hands, a diploma, they worked very hard to get in both academic and life lessons.

"It just amazes me she's made it all these years," says Sharon Wells, parent of graduate.

Sharon and Ken Wells feel blessed to have Katie as a daughter.

"The best part is I love my mom," says Katie Wells.

Katie's just one of nine special Lee students who can't wait to see what the future holds.

Dana Dixon reporting

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