The First State School, a collaborative program by Christiana Care Health System and Red Clay Consolidated School District, held graduation ceremonies for students Dominique Stevens and Isiah Green, June 5 at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center.
Amer Sajed, Ph.D., CEO of Barclay Cards US, was the commencement speaker. Dr. Sajed had served as “principal for a day” in the fall.
Christiana Care Department of Pediatrics Chair Louis Bartoshesky, M.D., MPH, Wilmington Hospital Physician-in-Chief Edmondo Robinson, M.D., MS, MBA, Christiana Care Chief Medical Officer Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, Red Clay School District Superintendent Dr. Mervin Daugherty and others spoke to the students, their families and friends, offering praise for another successful year at the unique school for students whose medical conditions preclude them from attending mainstream schools in the community.
The event also honored retiring Red Clay principal Irene Hills, who was presented with the Jane P. Maroney Award for Outstanding Community Service to Children and Adolescents.
“We are so proud of our students, especially the graduates,” said Coleen O’Connor, First State School program director. “In addition, this year we bid farewell to Irene Hills, who is retiring from Red Clay as our principal, but we look forward to seeing her back at school as a volunteer.”