My name is Tina Holt and my son Matthew attends Special Needs School of Gwinnett.
He’s been here since he’s been in the seventh grade. He was in public school before that and he was in special education, he’s been in
special education classes since kindergarten. He has speech
impediment. He had really really severe learning
disability. He was make fun of his entire life throughout the years that he attended public school. I brought Matthew up here…
we talked with Ms Elinore she told us about the school… showed us
around. We met some of the kids.
It was awesome! I’m a Elinore Trotter. I and the principal
of Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett has been here
for 27 years. We base this school solely because
children weren’t given the opportunities that they should be. Many schools teach only what they have to teach and the children are so much better than that. So much smarter than that. If you tell a child they can do
something, they will do it. If you tell them they can’t, they won’t. Our philosophy here is that every child has a right to literacy and we’ve proven it a hundred times over
that children with special needs can read. They can
do math. They can do science and social studies.
They can do health. They can be Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
They can be baseball players. They can be anything they want to be and at our school they are. Over a thousand or so children
have gone through this school and many of them have graduated from college. Some right now are in high school,
graduating this year with the diploma and talking about
colleges, SAT scores, ACT scores and that’s just a wonderful
thing to hear in their classroom. I am Sharon English and my son
is Danial and we have been at the school for fourteen years. We started when he was four and
diagnosed with moderate autism. He didn’t have any verbal skills and have a lot of behaviors. and now fourteen years later, he is gonna
to be one of two students graduating with an academic diploma. He talks nonstop and he’s very
talented and is going on to college to be a cartoonist. When I came here we are all been
treated like family. All the teachers give love and support
to all the kids to push them just a little bit harder
to learn things and stuff. Like me and Daniel. We have lot of studying to do for the graduation
test that’s this month and we just have to push it really hard to succeed. To get to college and stuff. Special Needs Schools of Gwinnet work
miracles everyday with children other schools have given
up on. Our schools owns a large piece of property. What’s missing is a real school facility. A building customized to the needs of our special kids. When need a bigger school because our school is growing little bit more every year and we get more kids going through
the school. Little kids that are in kindergarten that’s
gonna be here for a long time like Daniel has is gonna wanna be more active and stuff and it’s just
the buildings are falling apart a little bit after a few years. Pipes are getting exploding during the
winter and just lot of people come up here, working on
the school, trying to keep it up and going. Phisically when I walk on that campus my disability goes away. I don’t feel like I am different. or I have disability. We need space. Our kids needs lots of room to move around. Room to just feel comfortable. Lots of the students need their own particular space. It will not only helps the students but it will helps the teacher to provide the better education for them. Well here it is. This is our dream right
here! When this building is built we can serve 130
students with all the top-notch teaching and all the
supplies they need. Please help us make this real. Make
it from a dream to reality! Thank you for your help! With your help we can work even more
miracles at Speciall Needs School of Gwinnet.