You’re doing a fantastic job of supporting your students and I think it’s important for me–as a mother, and a recovering person–to shout this fact from the rooftops. Over the last few weeks of summer break I was given the privilege of sharing my world with a core group of extraordinary P.E.A.S.E. students. While it’s true that they’re loud, and messy, and completely unwilling to go to bed until they witness the first shards of morning light, they’re also hilarious, and compassionate, and more than willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. They’re committed to each other, and they’re focused on recovery rather than sobriety. Given how treacherous the waters of early recovery are, and the yuck circumstances in which some of them live, it’s frankly astounding that these eight students consistently show up to life in such positive ways. So what’s the secret? That’s easy. It’s P.E.A.S.E. How do I know this? Because at least half of these young people, at one time or another, made it very clear to me that they love P.E.A.S.E. and that they couldn’t wait for school to begin again. Additionally, two students displayed a tremendous amount of pride for having 3.0+ GPAs; and one student is–for the first time ever–open to attending college. Though P.E.A.S.E. cannot right all of the wrongs in its students’ lives, nor can it heal all of its students’ hurts, it can–and does–provide a sacred space for the integration and healing these young people so desperately need. Okay, enough mush. You’re doing a kick-ass job; thank you!