Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


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School Memories

Wanting my grandchildren to get the best education possible regarding their mental disabilities, and to learn about Christianity, I registered them in New Testament Baptist Academy in Hamilton, Ontario. Over the course of several years, all four completed the kindergarten program taught by Mrs. Peters. The photos below show them graduating from her class ready to begin elementary grades in the Academy’s learning centre.

Given their learning difficulties I know they challenged Mrs. Peters each day but, through her dedication and hard work, despite their disabilities, each of my grandchildren learned to read and write. Her one-to-one teaching methods afforded them the ideal working environment keeping them focused at all times.

As they progressed through the learning centre, the work became more difficult, so around grade five I made the decision to switch them to the public school system where help for their learning disabilities was available, but I’ll never forget the effort and determination of Mrs. Peters and the staff and volunteers at the Academy, all who share in the success my grandchildren enjoy today.

Below, are photos of my grandchildren graduating from kindergarten. My eldest granddaughter is pictured with Mrs. Peters, their teacher.

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