High school seniors begin counting the days to graduation months before it arrives. Here at FFS (where a number of students will graduate in December) it's called being "out the door," and our seniors try not to go there.
Yet, "staying in the day" can be a challenge. The future beckons; life after the rigors of high school looms exciting and full of opportunity---as indeed it is. But reality never matches the fantasy, and at-risk teens who are working on building character understand this. They too are anxious to get on with their lives, but they have learned the hard way that freedom means choices and that choices have consequences. Succeeding in life means attending to the tasks at hand rather than daydreaming about what's to come. Staying in the day is important any day, every day, right up to graduation day.