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Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center seeks graduation gown donations

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jun 07, 2019

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — The Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center is currently accepting donations for graduation gowns for their students to wear.

Some of the offenders are at the facility during their graduation and weren't able to walk across the stage with their classmates. The goal of the program is to give the teens the graduation that they missed in May.

"We want them to be able to wear caps and gowns preferably of the color of their home school so that they can have pictures to mark their special day and also to remember the hard work they have done and not that they spent their final days out of the community but rather to commemorate the hard work that they've done," said Kelley Robidoux, a coordinator at the Sarpy County Juvenile Justice Center.

The students receive their high school diplomas from their normal community high school, the program is not for their GED. They take classes at the facility and some of the teens graduate faster than they would have if they were in normal school.

Watch Phil Bergman's full story in the above video.