January 30, 2012

Two Touchstones residents completed all the requirements for High School graduation and received their diplomas on January 30, 2012. They were joined at their graduation ceremony by their families, friends in recovery and (in one boy’s case) his Probation Officer. “I can’t believe Mr. Kelly came. I guess it shows, if I am doing the right thing, Probation can be a positive in my life”. Shown with their teacher, Mr. Segal, both boys shared in their graduation talks that they would not have been able to graduate high school had they not made the choice to enter residential alcohol/other drug treatment at Touchstones. They talked of their addiction taking from them any desire to do well or even attend school. One boy talked of being suspended and expelled because of his drug use. Both boys struggled initially when they came to treatment but the consistency, structure and support of Touchstones held them in good stead as, a credit at a time, they met their educational goals. Orange Unified School District, through Richland High School, provides the teacher and curriculum for grades 9 – 12 at Touchstones. Education is an objective on each resident’s Treatment Plan and they attend school on the property daily from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Mr. Segal, who has only been with the Touchstones school a short time, shared at the graduation ceremony his pride not only in the two boys who were graduating but in the entire class. Specific to the graduates, he shared of their creative sides - one who has artistic talents and one who has a love for poetry. He challenged them to continue their educational and artistic goals as clean and sober contributing men in society.