Handprints of God
“As you walk through The Foundry, you might see handprints of the children and teachers on the walls, but the greatest handprints are those that are hidden – those of God because His hand is so evident upon this place!”
– Will, After School Teacher
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I had to chuckle when I received Aaron’s Brigance (Kindergarten Readiness Exit Scores). His teachers’ comments were glowing receiving such remarks as “outstanding student”. His Brigance score was 92/100 one of the highest in the class. My mind quickly drifted back to the opening of school last fall.
Aaron came to Mrs. Melanie’s class with force. I had to pull him off of his mother and give him over to someone he was supposed to love and trust immediately. He, like a lot of kids, threw a screaming fit but the difference for him was that he never stopped crying. The staff at our school tried numerous things but nothing worked……Aaron would not stop crying…. he cried for nine weeks without ceasing. In addition to that, Aaron was more anxious when he didn’t have a piece of dirty foam, that he brought from home, to hold and rub while he cried.
We were at our breaking point …. imagine nine weeks of continuous crying without ceasing. Finally, our director called in the preschool experts who were well versed in developmental milestones. She explained to the school psychologist, the public preschool director and the speech pathologist, that he will not communicate, eat, play or nap yet he cried. They determined that he would need an evaluation for special services.
Meanwhile the crying stopped. WE WERE BESIDE OURSELVES
Slowly but surely Aaron began to become invested in the class. He started recalling and naming all of his letters and numbers along with shapes and solving puzzles. One day out of the blue the foam disappeared, and it was replaced with hugs for his teachers.
Eventually the evaluation for special services was completed and he qualified for public preschool at age 3. Aaron was able to attend public preschool for .5 of the day and then attend the foundry for the other half of the day. He loved it…. It became the best of both worlds.
Aaron’s mom began to share with us that she dropped out of school, didn’t drive and that is why she walked him to The Foundry every day.
Sometimes as parents we find the hardest tasks are the ones we know must be done……She was also consumed with anxiety and guilt from the embarrassment that her past brought to light. Yet she wanted the very best for her son…. but how to get it was beyond her.
The Foundry has helped her overcome her fears and learn to become a proactive mom. She has learned how to speak on her son’s behalf, especially when it comes to school. “When the Foundry staff accompanies me to school meetings, I know that things will come out well.” Aarons mom.
This is an intervention story. Without the Foundry preschool, Aaron would have started kindergarten from an extreme disadvantage point. More importantly he would have never caught up.
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