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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Our Summer Plans

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)


Ericka said...

Thats great! Your little girl is so cute!

leah said...

That is awesome news! Congratulations on getting the scholarship, and the program sounds GREAT!

Anonymous said...

just curious to know where CID gets money to run the school and grant luxurious scholarships???

Miss Kat's Parents said...

First of all, Anonymous, the scholarship is far from "luxurious". CID had us fill out paperwork to verify our assets and income in order to determine need. Our family is FAR from wealthy, and the scholarship was granted based on need. I think it is commendable that the school wants to allow access to a superior education to ALL deaf children, not just those with rich parents.

They have generous donors who help support deaf children.


Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news! I have first-hand experience with CID (teacher training prog yrs ago then back for a CI refresher course
a few summers ago). I saw the kiddies in the summer prog then and what a great expeience they were getting.I was very pleased to note marked changes in CID re attitude to alternate communication
styles. I'm sure you and Miss Kat will grow by leaps and bounds!

MB said...

Very cool! Congrats.

We are looking at CID too as an option. Are you going to rent an apartment? What's your plan for housing? Not quite as easy as it was at JTC!