To the kid who pushed through immeasurable grief this school year, I see you.
To the kid who struggled with anxiety but still showed up, I see you.
To the kid who didn’t participate in sports or anything extra but cheered others on, I see you.
To the kid who did your best to stay awake in class because you worked late to help pay your family’s bills, I see you.
To the kid with depression who kept putting one foot in front of the other, I see you.
To the kid whose ADHD is alienating but you kept trying, I see you.
To the kid who befriended the new kid in class even though you struggle with friendships, I see you.
To the kid who doesn’t have anyone in your corner, I see you.
To the kids whose square shape will never fit into the round holes of standardization, I see you.
Thank you for your courage to show up at school. Thank you for the continued determination to fight through learning disabilities, grief, trauma and whatever else this world has already thrown at you.
To the kids who will never be recognized with any of the awards our public education system gives out, I see you.
You are worthy. You matter.
I see you.