"Exceeds the standard"
“Dear Dr. Moroz and Staff of A Chance to Grow,
Our son had a miserable first grade experience. His teacher strongly suggested he had ADHD. She also refused to allow me to visit her classroom to see why he was struggling with his work tasks. Ben was tagged as an SLD student and I was told I should just accept that he would always have trouble learning. On Valentine’s Day, there was a party and I arrived early to pick him up. Within minutes of watching him, I could tell he was having trouble copying words from the board. That started the rail of discovery that led us to you. An article in the newspaper was brought to our attention and we decided to give you a call. What a blessing that call turned out to be! With the expertise of Dr. Moroz we were able to determine that Ben had six different visual delays. She also suggested that we have a specialist check his hearing. That advice led to the discovery that Ben also had auditory processing delays. We enrolled our son in your summer Boost Up Program. In that short period of time, Ben’s vision improved remarkably. For the first time in his life, he saw visual details that we didn’t even know he was missing out on. Things like the small minute lines between the numbers on a clock, street signs and numerous wildlife creatures now appeared in his visual world. Although no one we asked knew about your school, we decided to trust your school and enrolled Ben for the upcoming year. It was a decision we will never regret. Ben entered second grade reading at below a first grade level. At the end of the year, he loved to read and was reading at a 4.2 grade level. Wow! Recently, we received the results from the Minnesota Department of Education Comprehensive Assessment Series II. I thought you might be interested in the results of how Ben ranks in the state when compared to his peers. In both the Reading and Math portions of the assessment, Ben received scores that placed him in their highest ranking of 'Exceeds the Standard.' A closer look at his reading scores shows a comprehension section that placed him in the 99th percentile in the state. His success can be directly related to your efforts and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May God bless you all for the outstanding service and opportunities you have given Ben and other children with visual and hearing difficulties.”
--Dave and Judy Schink
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