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To The Editor:


My name is Maryann Binan, and I go to Delta School Of Choice, formerly known as Alt Ed.

I know what lot of people think, “They are bad kids, they don’t learn, all they do is fool around all day.” But that’s not true.

My problems started in sixth grade. I started getting 60’s. It wasn’t like me to get that. I also started to seclude myself from people, sitting on the swings while everyone else was playing kick ball.

Then I hit seventh grade, and I started swimming, and I was so scared to compete. I didn’t know why but I was terrified. I had to quit my grades were also horrible. I got 60s and 50’s, so not like me. The next year was even worse.

I started to get bullied by this one girl, and I really blocked myself from a lot of people. In eighth grade, it got even worse my grades were so bad. I had to start staying after every day. 2:30-3: p.m.; then i started going to the 3-5 program.

Nothing helped. I went to summer school both years.

Then my dad told me about something called Alt Ed. I didn’t want to go. I was scared. I had heard so many bad things about that place. Mr Van Alexander and Mr Siddon were the first people I met. They got me settled in to the program. It was permanent I wasn’t leaving.

After a week, I knew everyone, Darcy, Ms. St. Thomas, Mr. Mittiga, just to name a few teachers who have helped me. Made it feel like home I didn’t want to leave. They were like family, they helped me through my problems like no other teacher did.

It was all one on one. I was never alone and that made me feel great. My first report card made me scream I was so happy. I got 80’s and 90’s I had never seen my dad so proud in my life. I passed my Regents with flying colors.

This year I am sad to say they want to take away the program that helped me know I can make it in this world.With the help of Mr. Van Alexander, my counselor, I am losing my fear of big crowds, and even want to go up on stage to get my diploma.

Just now, I have received my last report card for term 3. My mom came up to congratulate me on the best report card I have ever gotten. I instantly went into tears the second she left, knowing it might not be the same next year.

I am hoping that even though a lot of people are against this program and people who have lost faith will look to the bright side and maybe, just maybe, we will be able to keep Delta School Of Choice for more years to come.

Thank you for your time.

Maryann Binan

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