As I have mention a few times before, this summer Miss Kat and I will be heading to St. Louis to attend Central Institute for the Deaf's summer program. I could not be more excited about it! Last year we attended the John Tracy Clinic and Miss Kat made wonderful progress. I also learned a lot, and was refreshed and ready to use the skills I had learned with Miss Kat all year long. While John Tracy Clinic provides all it's services to families free of charge, CID is a private school and does have tuition. But it is one of CID's goals to be able to provide services to ALL deaf children, regardless of their ability to pay. So, we will be having to travel MANY miles, rent another place to live for 5 weeks, (and all the expenses that come with travel), AND pay the nearly $3000 for tuition. (Oh, and I work for a school and don't get paid for the three months that we aren't in session) BUT, then on Monday the program coordinater called me. The scholarship commitee met and they had awarded us a HUGE scholoarship! We will be paying less than $200 to attend (and that includes all the field trips!)!!!
I am so thankful to CID, it's donors and supporters! They are truly making it possible for Miss Kat to have this opportunity. We really didn't have any idea how we were going to pull the money together to make this trip happen (meaning we were going to beg, borrow and steal to get it!) No one but other parents can understand why it is so important to us to make sure Miss Kat has these educational opportunities and since we are not ready to pick up and leave our familes to change schools, the summer is the only chance we get.
So, again THANK YOU CID!!! You are making a huge difference in another child's life!!!
(If you can help support CID http://www.cid.edu/SupportCID/SupportCID.aspx or The John Tracy Clinic http://www.johntracyclinic.org/supporting-jtc/index.html)