I am honored to stand and speak to you this evening. I am very proud to be a part of the first graduating class for the Gaylord Heritage school. We thank the staff at the Heritage school, the Gaylord Tribes, our families and our community.
I thought about what I would say for a long time and than I remembered what my grandparents taught me about life.
My grandparents and family talked to me about education. My dad told me a story about an elder who was very proud of his new toolbox filled with tools. Every day his children would ask to use the tools in his box and he said: "No, not today, I am saving these for a special occasion." As his children grew older they continued to ask for the tools but again he said: "these tools were being saved for the right occasion." Finally the children gave up asking for the tools. One day many years later, the grandfather thought that it was time to open the box of tools and use them. As he opened the box, with children and now grandchildren looking on, he saw that the tools were rusty. He picked up the wrench but it crumbled in his hands.
This story symbolizes to me a lesson: of how if we don't share our knowledge -our tools - and pass that knowledge on, then we have all lost the gift in our hearts. And the tools will rust and crumble in our own hands, never to see the light of day again.
So let's share all of our tools and pass them on to the next generation so they can work on our house when we get old, and maybe even pay the rent.
There are prophecies from many different tribes that speak of the seventh generation. This prophecy states "from the time of the coming of the non-natives, the seventh generation will be the ones that will see the big changes that are coming. This is the seventh generation coming up, and these are the people we must teach so that they do things right this time, so they will keep in mind what they will leave for the next seven generations that will follow them. This is how we are taught to live on this earth: we should look to how our decision and actions will affect the seventh generation to come."
The class of 2006 is part of that seventh generation. We are proud to be graduating from the Heritage School. We have been taught at our school and in our community to respect. Respect all people and living things, to have a strong sense of family and community, caring, and sharing and encouraging each other. We have been taught about our culture and language. We are proud to stand before you and we remember our heritage and who we are as First Nations peoples. Our goal is to use education to give us the knowledge and skills to build a better future for ourselves, our children, and the next seven generations. We will not forget who we are or where we came from.
Though we may not know what the future holds, we can be assured that somehow this school that we are now leaving has prepared us for whatever the future has in store. Congratulations to the Class of 2006. Thank you.
Your Gift of Learning, Our Tool for Nation Building or Ang Alay Ninyong Kaalaman, Gamit namin sa Pag-unlad ng Bayan” Graduation Speech 2012
By ANDEA, ISIDRO JR. B.
Success depend on the hands of the person who seized the right opportunity that comes along in his way. One of the greatest achievement of success in the field of learning is Graduation Day in which we give honor to the person who is one way of molding and influenced us towards success in our academic aspects, recognizing the fruit of sacrifices of our parent who suffered the searing heat of sun in order for us to sent in school, to be proud of our effort and sacrifices that we spent along the way to reached another ladder of success in educational arena through dedication and being responsible student in class.
Graduation is a meaningful, momentous occassion in which we give emphasis to the achievements of a better person and to look forward for reaching the things that lie ahead. With my great...
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