Any teacher who has ever stood in front of the classroom on the first day of school knows that they are about to embark on a journey of unknowns. Most students are new to them, and that first roll call is just a small step towards getting to know them as best they can, so they can do what they do best—teach.
When triplets Haley, Kassidy, and Sierra Yeckes showed up for their first day at Valley High School in Las Vegas, they immediately showed signs of resistance to authority and extreme defiance. They stuck close together, often missed school, and had failing grades.
But what happened next changed their lives forever.
The details of their story were alarming.
The triplets had lost their mother when they were just 3 years old. Their father was incarcerated when they were in the 6th grade, and they went to live with their grandmother, who did not even enroll the children in school until they were 8 years old.
After their dad was released, they moved back in with him, but he would leave the young girls alone for weeks at a time. They were finally removed from their father’s custody when their home was involved in a shooting while he was gone.
It got worse.
As soon as the GEAR UP staff began to think they had heard everything, it got worse. The girls were placed in the custody of their other grandparents, who were extremely neglectful. They ended up homeless and were forced to find food, clothes, and transportation on their own.
But GEAR UP was able to help them get the support they needed to overcome the loss of two parents, the traumatic existence of being homeless, and everything else that happened.
And then, things got a lot better.
All three girls raised and maintained their GPA above 3.0 while enrolled in advanced courses, participating in school activities, and working jobs as “unaccompanied minors.” Thanks to their efforts and the help of the GEAR UP teachers, all three are college-bound.
A local news station added some icing on the cake.
FOX5 Surprise Squad stepped in and surprised the girls at their graduation ceremony. They not only interviewed the triplets and shared their story, the news team also gathered together some well-deserved surprises for the three survivors. The station itself gave each graduate $5,000 cash to help with college expenses.
That wasn’t all.
They also contacted Don Foreman, owner of United Nissan, who gave each of the girls their very own brand new car!
“Nobody is more deserving of these three cars than these three girls,” Foreman said.
Kassidy told Fox5, “Now I need to get my drivers license!”
“I didn’t think I was going to make it to eighteen, and now I’m here!”
There was more. Crystal Price from America First Credit Union paid their first year of registration and a year’s worth of free gas.
“I see this stuff happen on TV and I never thought it would happen to me,” said Haley. “I didn’t think I was going to make it to eighteen, and now I’m here!”
The moment was so touching, their teachers and supporters burst into tears, and everyone wished them well. They deserve it!
Source: Teacher Notices Triplets Only Talk To Each Other, Then Discovers They’re 3 Starving Orphans on LittleThings.com and FOX5 Surprise Squad: Homeless Triplets Defy Odds Then Pulled from Graduation After Getting Diplomas by FOX5 Las Vegas on YouTube.