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2 in 1: Gabby Bolelli celebrates graduation, birthday with La Salle-Peru High classmates

After Thursday night’s commencement ceremony at La Salle-Peru High School, there still was one important graduation to celebrate Friday.

In conjunction with Lighted Way and L-P High, educators, administrators and community members came together to celebrate the graduation and birthday of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Bolelli.

Gabby was presented her certificate of achievement Friday, May 28, 2021, and was joined by her parents Jim and Amy Bolelli and her grandparents Ron and Anne Borelli.The La Salle-Peru mascot was at Gabby's house to kick off the celebration Friday, May 28, 2021.Representatives from Lighted Way and La Salle-Peru High congratulated Gabby and thanked her for all the hard work Friday, May 28, 2021.Friends and family joined in the festivities Friday, May 28, 2021, and presented Gabby with 22 carnations to celebrate her birthday and balloons to mark the occasion.The drive-by parade Friday, May 28, 2021, turned into a presentation as those involved gave Gabby her birthday and graduation gifts.Festivities included a drive-by parade with school buses and many vehicles honking to celebrate Gabby's graduation from La Salle-Peru High School, Friday, May 28, 2021.

Gabby’s teachers and friends decided to celebrate her accomplishment by conducting a drive-by parade and presenting her with flowers and balloons to mark the occasion.

Gabby’s parents Jim and Amy Bolelli and grandparents Ron and Anne Borelli were right by her side to celebrate as well. The LPHS Cavalier made an appearance at the Bolelli residence.

Jim thanked everyone for coming together to celebrate Gabby’s big day and for helping her enjoy education.

“This means the world to us especially in difficult times,” Jim said. “You guys are extended family and you’ve helped make Gabby’s school and her career so amazing. Whenever we talk about school she gets so excited. I can’t say enough about this whole organization.”

Gabby has been with Lighted Way in La Salle since she was ab out 5 years old and, as school requirements, completed the school’s program on the day before her 22nd birthday.

“She’s gone through the ranks from the littlest classmate to the oldest classmate,” Jim said. “Obviously with COVID this last year she stayed home, but she could still do music and she got to see her friends. I just can’t say enough.”

After completing the Lighted Way program, Gabby has now grown into various adult programs such as Horizon House, Gateway Center or any other areas she wishes to pursue in the future.

“This is such a combined community right here and it’s so important for people to understand and for people to be aware of people like Gabby,” said Lighted Way Executive Director Jessica Kreiser.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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