March #SOLC17 Day 17
Last night was about measuring the immeasurable. In the beginning, it seemed to be about deciding if this child was “there”, especially in comparison to other students. Looking to see if his accomplishments were “enough.”
How does one know the answer to these questions?
Through his teachers’ eyes, the answer will always be yes.
Yes, he has worked hard to become a part of the wonderful learning happening in the classroom.
Yes, he has been motivated to use technology to help him share his thinking with the rest of his class.
Yes, he does deserve the accolades he will receive tonight.
Through his teachers’ eyes, she knows that this young man will never forget the evening where he was honored for his tireless work to make sense of his world. A student who, from a very young age, struggled with such severe speech impediments that literally no one could understand him. It was as if he was locked inside his body with no way to communicate.
But, last night all of that changed for this little guy. James reveled in the knowledge that so many were there just for him. He celebrated his accomplishments as those who love him watched from nearby seats and tables. With great anticipation, we watched as James approached the front of the banquet hall flanked by his home family and his school family. The Emcee knelt down so that he was eye to eye with James. We held our collective breath as the microphone was produced and he was asked if he had something to say.
James said yes.
This slice is dedicated to James and also to all of the adults in his life who have helped him along the way. April, Jen, Lori, Goldie, Adam, Marsha…God Bless.