Thanks to the teachers, special education department, therapists, and students at Kettle Run High School, today was a huge milestone for you, Forrest. Not just in your academic career, but in the rebuilding of your life. After months of planning and preparation, including gradually lengthening your travel time in a car and increasingly challenging work with your homebound teacher, today you visited Kettle Run High School.
Today was the first time you have entered a classroom since December 2010. I held my breath as you departed for class with two students, your nurse, and homebound teacher. You didn't need your Mum hovering and so I waited in the front office. I wanted so desperately for this visit to go well for you. I shouldn't have worried knowing you and your open optimistic heart. The students in Mr Wright's third block US Government class were well prepared by Mr Wright for your visit and were exceptional in every way. Their warm welcome, quick smiles, and genuine interest in you and your journey made this day, which could have been filled with trepidation, an empowering experience. Their grace and compassion opened new doors for you today, beginning the next chapter of rebuilding your world. You emerged two hours later all smiles with a classmate, and maybe a new friend.
While you clearly enjoyed your visit and the camaraderie, you were exhausted by the time we returned home. It will take time, but as you heal and grow stronger you will master this next chapter too. Our hope and plan is that you will be able to return to Kettle Run in the fall to complete your high school degree. As you yourself have said, "Everything is possible". Sweet Dreams, Champ.
With a grateful heart for all of the generous souls who touched our lives today, Mum
Below principal Warner congratulates Forrest on his important day and a tired but happy Forrest heads home with Tami and Nurse Gayle.