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Letter: Thank you, Central High School for not letting son 'fall through the cracks'

7:00 AM EDT, July 23, 2014

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To the Editor:

So many times we see "Letters to the Editor" pointing out or discussing shortcomings of certain topics like politics, government and education. This is NOT one of those letters.

I am writing to say THANK YOU to some very important people in my son's life. My son was born healthy and active and I thank God every day for that. But as he grew older I found out that he did not develop in certain areas as other children did. On the outside he was your normal active child but he had difficulty learning how to talk or socialize with others. He could read way above his age level but he had difficulty in math and still does to this day.

Any parent that has a child with development delays understands the multitude of obstacles that he or she faces in school. With this being said I want to say THANK YOU to the staff of Central High School, especially Mr. Antoine Monroe and Mr. Jonathan Kready, who without their help my son would have been just another child to slip through the cracks in the system.

I have had so many people tell me "send him to another school system" or that "Central High School is a poor school." I want the citizens of King and Queen County to know that is not what I have witnessed in the case of my child. Mr. Monroe and Mr. Kready were always there to discuss my son's education or problems in school. They were there to support him when he needed it and to guide him when he lost his way.

I also want to thank everyone that has been a part of my son's transition into Central High School; the teachers, the coaches, the administrative staff and the cafeteria staff. Every one of you makes a difference in the children's lives that attend Central High School and for that I am grateful.

Sincerely,

Tina M. Vencill

Bruington