Mahalo Kauai, Aloha Canada

In the moment it is hard to describe the impact that this program had on the students, staff and myself but we do know when we all have some time to reflect on our journey that began on July 29th we will look back on this opportunity with a big smile on our face. Our last dinner, the Hawaiian Luau, was a wonderful evening of celebrating what was accomplished, a great group of young adults that formed a cohesive community in 25 days. To further show how awesome our students are, our teachers Lacey and Kelsey led a hike to the top of ‘Sleeping Giant’ this morning for 10 students. These 10 students were brave enough to wake up at 4 am to do this amazing hike for a beautiful sunrise overlooking Kauai. We truly have an amazing group of young adults with us.

Your children have a big heart and sound direction on where they are going in life, they are ready for what lies beyond high school. This morning we had the opportunity to write a positive message to each individual on a souvenir t-shirt that was purchased by Blyth Academy and the staff for each member of the program. Looking around at each of the shirts with their messages we were proud of all the remarkable and thoughtful words students were writing about their new friends. This group enjoyed being with one another, for the most part they went from strangers to friends and in some cases, we feel they will be lifelong friends. A perfect way to end a fantastic program.

We want to take this time to thank all the parents for raising such great young adults and for the support you gave to me, our staff and your child throughout the program. I would also like to thank our incredible staff team. They truly embraced experiential education with their classes, they connected with students to bring out the best possible outcomes for academic success and they also showed such great empathy and care for your loved ones while on the program. I could not have done this without them, they were always there to support the program for the entire adventure. Their tireless effort and passion for their subject areas and for creating fun activities for them made this program the success it was. Thank you all so much, we hope to work again another time.

This program is coming home today (Tuesday) and will arrive on Wednesday afternoon but this program will live on, these bonds from this trip will not be broken, these new best friends, this new community, will continue on in Canada.
Have a wonderful rest of the summer everyone.

Sincerely,

Jason Smith
Program Manager