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Unseen Victories: A Letter to the Parents and Children that Didn't Receive an Award


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To all the incredible kids and their parents who attended the end-of-school-year award ceremony, hoping for a glimmer of recognition and appreciation, I want to offer you a warm and heartfelt hug. Today, I want to congratulate you on something even more remarkable than receiving an award. I want to acknowledge your resilience, dedication, and unwavering spirit throughout the year, even when things felt challenging.


You may not have made the honor roll, and you may not have received any awards, but that doesn't diminish the incredible effort you put into your studies and your growth. You showed up, day after day, even when every fiber of your being resisted. You persevered, even when it felt like the world was against you.


You parents, grandparents, and foster parents, I want to recognize your endless support and love. You never gave up on your child, and that is a remarkable testament to your unwavering commitment.


I see you, and I hear you. I understand that sometimes, hard work doesn't always lead to immediate recognition. It can be disheartening to watch others receive accolades while you wonder if your efforts have gone unnoticed. But let me tell you something important: your value extends far beyond a piece of paper or a shiny trophy. It lies in the strength of your character, the determination in your heart, and the growth you've experienced along the way.


You may have had to work twice as hard as others, and it may not have been apparent to those around you, but these unseen victories and your efforts have not gone unnoticed. You have developed resilience, discipline, and a deep sense of perseverance. These qualities will carry you far beyond any awards ceremony, for they will shape your future successes.


Remember, life is a journey, and every step you take matters. Each challenge you faced this year has made you stronger and more capable. Your hard work has laid the foundation for growth and achievements yet to come. Embrace this experience as an opportunity to learn, develop resilience, and understand that sometimes, recognition comes in the form of personal growth and the satisfaction of knowing you gave it your all.


So, today, let's celebrate you—the brave souls who showed up when it felt impossible, who never gave up, and who kept pushing forward. Your determination and perseverance are worth more than any award. Keep shining brightly, for your truest triumphs lie not in what others see but in the remarkable individuals you are becoming.


Congratulations, my dear friends, and thank you for inspiring us all with your incredible strength.


With heartfelt warmth and admiration,


Francini Estes

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