Posted in Life on September 17, 2009|
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Today, we had a meeting today at Garrett’s school. As I’ve shared before, Garrett is part of the IEP program. Each year, he is evaluated to see if he qualifies for the program. Last week, his teacher called to let us know some great news. Garrett has met basically all of his goals & is doing incredible. She wanted to give us the heads up that most likely, he will not qualify for the program.
All together now…
WAY TO GO GARRETT!!!
Adam & I are so proud of our little guy. To look back & see where he started & how far he has come is truly overwhelming.
His teacher also needed to make us aware of another factor. You see, the state paid for Garrett’s schooling since he was part of the IEP program. However, now that he would essentially graduate & be a “regular” preschooler, we would be responsible for his tuition. Honestly, Adam & I didn’t know how we were going to swing the extra monthly expense. But, it was important to us that he continue at his school. I knew that this was where he needed to be & that somehow we would make it work.
Then came the second sticky part. While at the meeting, we also found out that there is a waiting list for kids to attend the school. So, the team we were with couldn’t guarantee that Garrett would even be able to attend. I admit, that was discouraging. I was concerned about how Garrett would handle transitioning to a new school. I shared these feelings in the meeting & told them that if we could make it work, then we wanted Garrett there. The staff is incredible & we still wanted him with them. On a whim, someone suggested that he be evaluated for pre-kindergarten assistance. It turned out the woman was in the building that day & could see Garrett this afternoon. We gave our consent & left. I felt a twinge of sadness that he may no longer attend his school. But, it didn’t in any way affect the joy of witnessing his progress.
And then this afternoon I received a call.
Not only will Garrett continue at the same school, with the same schedule, in the same classroom, with the same teacher, but his tuition is also being covered. Isn’t that incredible?!?! So, while he did move out of the IEP program, he still qualified for pre-kindergarten assistance. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am right now!
The only difference is that he will no longer ride the bus. I wasn’t sure how Garrett would react to the news. However, when I told him that Mommy & Grady will now drive him to school & pick him up every day, he started beaming.
What a day!
Thank you God for our son. Thank you for providing for his educational needs & for placing people in his life who have directly influenced the amazing boy he is. You know how rough it’s been & how much I needed this extra touch today. Thank you, my God.
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