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Over 1,200 Students, Staff Surprise High School Special-Ed Graduate With Epic Sendoff (ABC News)

Over 1,200 Students, Staff Surprise High School Special-Ed Graduate With Epic Sendoff (ABC News)

Kyle Boule, a special-ed program graduate of Goffstown High School in New Hampshire, was given an epic, sweet sendoff by over 1,200 students and staff. Video of the the sendoff, fittingly set to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” shows Kyle wheeling down the school’s hallways lined with students on both sides clapping and cheering for the graduate. He also has an entourage following behind him made up of his friends and staff from the school’s special-ed program.

The sendoff was doubly special for Kyle because it also happened to be his 21st birthday, according to his mother, Lisa Boule.

Though Kyle is non-verbal and cannot walk due to cerebral palsy, he communicates through a device similar to the one used by Stephen Hawking, his mother said. She also explained students in the special-ed program Kyle was a part of don’t usually earn credits, but they have an opportunity to learn and grow at their own pace.

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Thanks to Wendy for sharing the video with me; Avianne Tan for writing the article; Good Morning America for reporting the story; Yahoo News for committing its resources to the article; You Tube for hosting the video; Pharrell Williams, whose song “Happy” is used throughout the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, video, and text in this post.


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