Many people ask the question that I've heard so often: WHY?
Why do we need a charter school in a district like Souderton? There are a few people who know the story - but everyone should understand. Everyone deserves to understand why it all started.
This is my daughter Christine and my son Mark. Christine will never live independently - but sill my husband and I desperately love her. Academic learning is very hard for Christine - but still we desperately love her. Her language skills are very limited - but still we all desperately love her.
When Christine started school in kindergarten in 1996 at Oak Ridge, we had hope for her schooling. But quickly we learned the district saw only one path for her: a path of segregation through special education. No matter how hard we tried, there was no place for Christine with other children her age. There would be no place for Christine like the place there would be for my son in the upcoming year because things came easier to Mark than they did to Christine.
And so it struck me, there must be a different approach, possibly something new. I wasn't thinking better, just new and different. My family didn't ask for this challenge and yet there it was before us so we had to try.
So I humbly offer the answer to everyone's question, WHY? Our desperate love for our daughter is the spark behind SCSC and the answer to your question, WHY? Before SCSC finally opened its doors in 2000, I wondered to myself if this idea could really work.
But we are here to collectively tell you in a resounding voice that it does work. We are here to tell you that it works remarkably well because so many other people have become committed and dedicated to this idea. And many, many children have - and are - benefiting.