Tuesday, December 7, 2010
My oldest daughter received an academic award at school last week during an awards assembly. Not only did she make Honor Roll, but she actually got an AWARD.
This is H.U.G.E.
For those of you who know us personally, you know how much this dear girl has struggled academically. She used to sob her way through homework and get so frustrated that she would shout insults at herself and would punch herself in frustration. Once when she was in second grade, she asked me what kind of job she could get when she was older because she didn't know how she was going to get a job if she couldn't tell a 'letter b' from a 'letter d'. My heart broke for a 7 year old who is already worrying about getting a job as an adult. Many, many times she would be in tears asking me, "What's wrong with me?" We started down a L-O-N-G road of getting her help. This took a couple of years and involved educational testing, multiple learning disabilities, IEPs, eye glasses, dietary changes, love, prayer and support, to name a few.
My dear girl NEVER thought she would win an academic award. She works so very hard just to keep her head above water and never saw herself as shining in school.
Her teacher emailed me a couple of weeks ahead of time and said that my daughter would be getting an award, that it was a surprise, and could I come to the award assembly?
The assembly was long and lots of kids got awards: honor roll, sports, etc. After the general awards, each teacher awarded one or two students a special award for going "above and beyond" in the particular subject area and for having "exemplary manners". When my daughter's teacher called her name, the look on her face was one of shock, pride, disbelief and delight. I was so very proud of her. It was really great to know that her hard work is paying off and it was wonderful to know that her teacher noticed her efforts.
She had a spring in her step afterwards and as soon as she got home, she took pics of the awards and posted them to Facebook and emailed the pictures to her grandparents, aunt and friends. The next day she wrote a thank-you card to her teacher for giving her the award. Her teacher was so surprised and said that she had never, in all her years of teaching, had a student thank her with a card for an award.
That's my girl.