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Danny's Story

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Danny has always hated school because he could not read and spell. No matter how hard he tried, he just couldn’t get it. He was finally put in an IEP program after his 1st grade year after we said there would be NO RETENTION. He did catch up some and was put into reading recovery. Still day to day, Danny hated school. He just hated it and tried every excuse not to go, however, we made him go and make every effort. While he was making some progress, he seemed to be still some steps behind. Not until 6th grade and his 6th grade teacher, Melissa Garretson, did things change! She noticed his problem and offered help! He started tutoring twice a week with her using the Susan Barton reading and spelling program. WOW! In a short time, his grades started to improve and Danny’s confidence started to grow. And, we were very happy to see B’s and C’s on his report card. Danny continued tutoring over the summer. Danny was nervous to start 7th grade. But 2 weeks into school he said to me that, and I quote, “I love school, it is fun, and I want to get there early every day!” That was music to my ears. Tears came to my eyes because there have been days when getting Danny out the door to school were beyond difficult!

The other day, I was reminded about Power School, and how we can check our kids’ grades (twice a day if we wanted to). I never checked, because I knew it would not be good, so I got the point where I forgot Power School existed. With hesitation and my eyes half closed, I checked Danny’s grades. WHAT!?! Straight A’s??? Did I type his name wrong? Straight A’s, WOW! I put my head down on my desk and cried. Progress! Finally! Progress that Danny feels. I am proud of his hared work! Even though he does not like going to tutoring at times, LOOK AT WHAT IT HAS DONE!