A Bittersweet Ending: Panthers Forever

On June 4th, 2018 Promise Corps held our end of the year party to celebrate students who completed the program. In the morning we set up the room with games, balloons, and food that was kindly donated from Papp’s Pizza and Giant. We let students in at noon and had them enjoy an array of food, games, and music.

overbrook party

This year, room 321 (the Promise Corps room), was a room that was filled with love, (so much) laughter, and support. We couldn’t have ended the year any other way, and this celebration embodied what our room stood for at Overbrook. This year we spent our days assisting teachers in classrooms, creating modules and workshops for the students, resume building, cover letter writing, SAT prepping, going on college trips, helping students through college applications and financial aid, supporting senior projects, and doing countless other things. We really tried to help wherever we were needed at the school.

As the assistant principal, Ms. McClenton, said, we “truly engrossed ourselves in the culture of Overbrook High School.”  The PC party was a good reminder to us all that the difficulties and obstacles we faced at the beginning of the year all had a purpose and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Ending the year is very bittersweet. Although our time at OHS is nearing the end, the relationships we’ve made with school staff, the strides we made with students, the love that was poured into all the work and time with our students, the amount of laughter we had as a team (even in the hard times), and the support we tirelessly worked to give our students and each other, are things that will always be a part of us.  Wherever we go next in our life Overbrook will forever have a piece of our heart.

– Yaczin Hernandez, College & Career Ambassador at Overbrook High School

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