Margaret K. Lewis and Chautauqua Graduations

Two special graduation ceremonies took place Friday in Panama City for students of two Bay County schools that teach students with disabilities.

19-members of the Margaret K. Lewis School's class of 2011 took the stage at 4:00 at the Martin Theater in Downtown Panama City.

Margaret k. Lewis is an exceptional school for mentally challenged students. Because of it's specialized curriculum, the students, staff and families are a close-knit group.

So Friday’s graduation was truly a milestone event for these youngsters.

The second graduation ceremony took place at Friday night at the Bay High School cafeteria.

15-students from the Chautauqua Learn and Serve Charter School received their diplomas.

Chautauqua accepts 18-to-22 year old students with disabilities, who have already graduated with a special option diploma.

At Chautauqua they receive the skills they need to increase their access and independence within the community.

The school uses the “life centered career education curriculum” to address skill acquisition and improvement through hands on, community based learning.

Congratulations to both classes of graduates.

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