Moog School Graduation
"I know we'll be friends forever with them. We've become the bond is there. They've been such a tremendous help to us."
The caps and gowns, the cake the cameras. This graduation is a celebration of words.
"Hey, look there's her cousin again."
Words parents thought they'd never get to hear.
"I pray for her when she's sick."
"It was a miracle the first time he said 'mom.' I was like, when they diagnosed him, I thought I'd never get to hear 'mom.' I'm never going to get to hear I love you.' I'm never going to get to hear all these different things."
"The day we found out she was deaf was devastating to us."
"My name is Catherine and I'm going to kindergarten at St. Peters."
"And she's ready for kindergarten with minimal support. I guess we kind of feel Catherine's going out into the real world now, but so are we," said Michelle Dampf, Catherine's mom.
"Catherine, tell me hen, hen. Put your sound on it. Cat, cat."
"If you look back at tapes of four years ago, you can see what I'm talking about. He's a total different kid."
"I love you, mommy and pappa."
"It's really sad. What's supposed to be a happy day starting kindergarten is really a sad day, because we've seen these people everyday for the last four years. Everything Jack knows is from them, everything they taught him," said Jackie Verdun, Jack's mom.
"I go to Grant School. My favorite thing is reading."
"And now to see them talking in conversation, carrying on a conversation. They're loud. They're laughing. It's probably one of the most exciting days I've had in a long time," said Judy Harper, executive director of Moog School.
Exciting because these students now have their sights set on kindergarten. And, thanks to the words they learned at the Moog, they'll be able to attend regular school.
"Letting go and cutting the apron strings and going out on our own with our daughter who's ready, but are we?"
"These kids just soared through school and they're going to soar through life."
"I feel just as much as I've given them a gift, that I've been given a gift to be able to work with them."
A gift now worth much more than words.
"I love you, momma and pappa."
"Deaf children can learn to talk."
"My name is Jack and I go to Grant school."
"Kindergarten at St. Peters."
"I love you mommy and everybody. And everybody. Ha, ha."