When we moved here Drew’s program was very small, but even from the beginning we have had students and parents who have treated our family like their family. They’ve offered to babysit or help out with things. Heck, the band actually moved us into this house. We had the ward come help out one day and only one guy came, but we had the band come and it was like locusts came. I went to go help with Spencer (my mom took me and the kids to a hotel, and I went between those days) and I came back and everything was gone. It was beautiful. 🙂
We’ve had kids who have become lifelong friends. I have many of Drew’s students on my face book account. I love seeing how they succeed and what they’re doing now.
It has been hard to feel like something we love so much has betrayed us, but it has been a constant reminder that it was the system, and NOT these amazing students.
This isn’t an easy place to be a teenager. There are a lot of forces for good, but some that are less good that push hard on these kids — and like amazing plants they BLOSSOM here. I love that I’ve seen that it’s possible. Love, love, love.