Richbourg principal: school's graduates are 'family'; 'will still be in our hearts'


Ann Babbitt poses with their son, Andrew, following his May 30 graduation from Richbourg E.S.E. School. Family members — including sister Michelle, father Guy and mother Elaine Stockton, and grandparents Jim and Jo Ann Yearwood — surround Grace Stockton following graduation.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 02:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Richbourg E.S.E. School's two newest alumni are more like family, administrators said.

That word figured prominently in speakers' comments Friday, when Andrew Babbitt and Grace Stockton graduated from the exceptional student education school. 

 “We have done our best to guide them and nurture them,” Principal Nicole Rickmon said. “Truly we are a family here, and they have been in the family for a long time.

"They will still be in our hearts after they graduate.”

Guy Stockton credited Richbourg's caring faculty and staff for helping his daughter face challenges.

“She’s really sprouted here,” he said. “Whenever there’s a big change for her, we’re always afraid she’ll respond the wrong way, but then she surprises us thanks to her time here.”

Grace was the four-year-old school’s first student to be placed in on-the-job training, working in the kitchen and helping in the dining room at Uncle Bill’s Family Restaurant.

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