| Originally posted on the Pikes Peak Library District website |
When she was in 9th grade, Crystal Reavis dropped out of high school.
Now a married mother of two, Reavis is part of the first group of graduates from Pikes Peak Library District’s Career Online High School program. A graduation ceremony will be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14 at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.
“This is something I have wanted to do, but I don’t drive because of epilepsy, so getting a GED was hard. Dragging kids onto the bus is almost impossible. And most people don’t want your kids in the class with you,” says Reavis, who also homeschools her children: Gauge, age 9; and Kahlan, age 1.
While on PPLD’s website, self-described “library junkie” Reavis found information about Career Online High School, and said, “‘This is something I can do!’ It was a perfect fit for me.”
Reavis was able to finish the program in four months, getting career certification in office management. The flexibility of a self-paced, online program benefited the busy Reavis. “I could go on there anytime I wanted, which was really great. Having two kids is hard enough, and when you homeschool you have to fit it in when you can,” she says.
Reavis’ accomplishment has unsurprisingly moved her family. “My son said, ‘I want to make sure I finish school now because I see how happy you are.’ When the diploma came in, my husband actually cried and told me how proud he was of me. He knew how important it was for me,” recalls Reavis.
“Once you have a diploma, you can do anything, whether it’s a better-paying job, going to college, or getting a sense of accomplishment.”