Thursday, June 23, 2011

The First Lady’s Truancy Court Program Reception – Honoring the Students, Staff, and Supporters That Made Lasting Change a Reality This Year

Baltimore City District Court Judge Catherine Curran O’Malley, Maryland’s First Lady, hosted the fifth annual Truancy Court Program (TCP) Reception on Monday, June 6. We had a record-breaking number of attendees, with over 200 TCP graduates, family members, and supporters.

TCP Graduates and Judges enjoy a celebratory dinner (Photo by A. Green)
We are very grateful to Judge O’Malley, who has continued to host this wonderful reception and has also volunteered as a TCP judge since the program’s inception six years ago. All of us at CFCC want to extend our deepest appreciation to Judge O’Malley and her staff for sponsoring and hosting the wonderful buffet dinner at Government House and the award ceremony in Maryland’s Miller Senate Building.

We are so very proud of all of our TCP graduates, all of whom have a moving story underlying their truant behavior. Take Darius Johnson (name changed for confidentiality), for instance, for whom the reception was the culmination of a long journey and a recognition of how far he has come and how high he still can climb.

When we met Darius at the beginning of the Fall 2010 TCP session, we were struck by his protectiveness and concern for his four younger siblings. We soon learned that he was the “man of the house” at the ripe age of fourteen, and that he too often sacrificed his own goals to the demands of his family responsibilities. His school attendance was a definite warning bell: he had 57 absences and tardies in the last two quarters of the fifth grade. But the TCP school team saw promise in him and his siblings and selected them all to participate in the TCP.