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Dayton Student Returns to School to Earn His Graduation

When Collin Robertson came back to Dayton High School last February to ask if he could finish his high school education and graduate, Principal Scott Meyers was skeptical.  But when Robertson walked all the way from Southgate one cold day to take classes, he made a believer of Meyers.

At the Dayton board of education meeting, Robertson proudly walked up to the front of the room and accepted his diploma.

School Superintendent Jay Brewer introduced Robertson, saying this is where the district mission plays out: to Inspire, engage, and grow. He told the audience that not everybody follows the traditional path, and the roads are not the same for everybody.  

"Collin is a special young man," he said.

"This has been inspirational for us," said Meyers. "All the teachers stepped up to see this through. It was a team effort."

Robertson was overcome with emotion and enthusiasm as he thanked his family and friends, and the teachers, realizing he had accomplished a goal.

"It is hard to stop a person who does not quit," Brewer said.

In other business, student services director Ron Kinmon said the district would buy the Raptor system to enhance security. It's an electronic identification system, and runs quick background checks through the use of government-issued identification cards for anyone wanting to be admitted to district buildings. It then prints out stickers for the visitor to wear.

Kinmon also reported that the old cafeteria floor is torn up and the new floor should be installed starting Thursday. He said the new LED lighting system is coming along well, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Principal Meyers introduced his assistant principal, Chris Wright, who came to the district from Ludlow Schools. He reminded the board that the first day of school is August 14, and Gateway students will start on August 19 for dual-enrollment courses. High school students will receive Macbooks, and the middle school students will get Chromebooks which they will be allowed to take home.

Lincoln Elementary principal Heather talked about Readifest, which will be on August 7. She also said that Dayton will take part in Samaritan's Feet offer to provide shoes for children again this year.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor