By Deena Ledesma, parent and teacher
Adam isn’t like other students his age. A gifted and talented student, he is articulate and extremely goal oriented. In fact, he and I are currently training for a half marathon! Adam wasn’t enthusiastic about attending summer school. Our pact was that he would attend for one day and then we’d render a decision that was best for him. From that first day, he was hooked! In fact, on the first day, I asked one of the THINK Together staff, “How did Adam do?” She replied with a big smile, “Adam is a wonderful child.” When Adam heard that, he beamed. Because of Adam’s experiences at Lewis Middle, he asked that I have him transferred there this fall.
Each night, Adam is full of excitement about what he has learned in the academic portion of the program. He’s told me that what he likes best about the program is that the staff make learning fun and memorable. His favorite time at school each day is spent in clubs, in which the students analyze music and films and produce their own original work. In fact, he was busy working on the plot of a movie last week and is eager to get it finished!
My thanks to the Walmart Foundation for their vision to support programs like this one. Our students need more excellent programs like the one that Lewis Middle School and THINK Together are running in our local community.