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Bridge Academy Holds 8th Graduation

 

Bridge Academy Class of 2011:

Back row--L to R:  Josh Rosenblum of Cherry Hill, Joe Watson of Flagtown, Kyle Allen of Trenton, David Glenny of Morganville, Jake Poinsett of Columbus.
Front row:  Maddie Gomberg of Lawrenceville, Tatianna Repollet of Hamilton, Monique Boulding of Somerset, Taij Muse of Trenton, Principal Susan Morris
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The Bridge Academy in Lawrenceville, NJ held its 8th high school graduation and middle school promotion ceremony on Friday, June 10.  Nine students were in the graduating class of 2011. Seven will attend college and one will enroll in technical school this fall.  In addition, seven students were promoted from middle school to 9th grade.

 

The mission of the Bridge Academy is to enable bright students with language-based learning difference such as dyslexia to bridge the gap between potential and performance. Students attend from 23 school districts in central and southern New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

 

The bridge metaphor was featured prominently by several of the commencement speakers in a personal and moving ceremony. 

 

Board President Jim Houghton of Belle Meade told the graduates that bridges are designed with certain strengths and weaknesses. “Graduates, your challenge is to take the structural building blocks you have developed during your time at The Bridge Academy and now build your own bridge, challenging yourself to discover your strengths and build on those core supports, braces, beams and arches of learning you have found at this school….You can go farther than the longest suspension bridge and engineer a great future for yourself.”

 

In that vein, Bridge Academy founding Principal Susan Morris told the students they have bridges yet to be built and crossed. “Build bridges that are solid and where others can follow.”

 

Lucian Grimaldi, whose grandson Ryan Bryzcki was promoted to 9th grade, reminded the students that they had a gift to be born in this era where learning differences are understood and where they could attend a school founded by parents and teachers who believe in them. “Celebrate your gifts,” he said. “”You are not disabled. You have great abilities. Advocate for your self. Help others. Give more than you take. Believe in yourself now, in the moment.”

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The Bridge Academy was founded in 2003 by parents and educators to enable bright students ages 8-18 with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia to succeed in school. A private school approved by the State of New Jersey, The Bridge Academy is the only school in New Jersey accredited by the Orton-Gillingham Academy, a nationally recognized program for remediating learning disabilities.

 

For more information about the school please visit www.banj.org or call 609-844-0770.