Letter: Wonderful school

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 10:55 PM

To the editor:

Vance Charter School held their eighth grade graduation Thursday night.

My son, Noah Meador, has attended this school for six years. He has several mental and physical disabilities that make each day a challenge and a triumph. I want to take this time to thank all the leaders at Vance Charter School for giving our family a memorable day that we will never forget.

After the invocation and singing of the national anthem the principal, Sean Connolly, spoke on Noah’s progress over the last six years. A backdrop had been prepared with Noah’s picture and information about him for all to see. Staff had gone through the crowd to ask for finger snapping instead of clapping, as clapping scares my autistic son.

Nikki Meadows, my son’s personal assistant (shadow), walked with Noah to accept his diploma from the principal. He hugged her neck and the crowd snapped away and that heartfelt moment was felt by all.

So many people took part in the preparation of the individuality that was given to my son Thursday night and words will never be able to express my gratitude.

Vance Charter School chose to embrace my handicapped son so many years ago. All of the staff opened their hearts to him and I will forever be greatful.

Senior Sandlin taught him to throw a basketball in a goal. He now knows three colors. So many small things are huge accomplishments for him. Each of them played a part in shaping a better future for him.

Thursday night was the finale and it was heartfelt and it will never be forgotten. Thank-you to all that were in the crowd for your patience. That moment meant so much to our family.

Richard Meador