Believe

This week marked Coco’s first week back in our school district.  After four years of exclusion, Coco started summer school back in our town on Tuesday.  She had a wonderful three days.  Then today, a district administrator and the district assistive technology expert  came in to make sure no one on Coco’s team was allowing Coco to spell.  They made it clear that Coco was only to be allowed access to PODD – a picture based system of communications that Coco has never been properly trained in or enjoyed any success with.  In Coco’s words:  THESE PEOPLE CAME IN AND TALKED ABOUT ME LIKE I WASNT IN THE ROOM.  She spend three days getting to know her wonderful  aide, experiencing success answering word problems with her teacher, and generally easing back into public school.  All that ended today.  It will take a great deal of pep-talking and encouraging to get her back there on Monday.  I’m not sure if it’s even the wise choice, but here’s what Coco has to say to her teacher and aide tonight…

YOU ASKED ME TO CALL YOU TEACHER

I DID

YOU ASKED ME TO TRY

I DID

TO GIVE SOMETHING NEW A SHOT

I DID

DO YOU STILL BELIEVE

I DO

DO YOU STILL KEEP HOPING FOR ME

I DO

CAN YOU TRY TO STICK IT OUT WITH ME

I WILL

I HAVE MY WAR PAINT ON

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4 Responses to Believe

  1. Cary peirce says:

    Cannot believe the obstacles being placed before you….I wish I could do something to right these wrongs. My prayers are with you.

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  2. I hope Coco will continue to “voice” her opinions and feelings to the teachers and administrators at school.She should be heard and WILL be heard.

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  3. Ginger says:

    Wow! Coco is an amazing girl. Keep up your efforts! I know it must be daunting and exhausting at times fighting the system but I believe that it is truly worth all your efforts. Such a thoughtful and intelligent girl should continue to be nurtured and allowed to grow. xo

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  4. Anne Flaxman says:

    So sorry that you and Jessica are having such difficulty with a system that is not geared to work with you and your family. Sure glad that Coco has her war paint!

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