As we have been telling everyone, Jaime’s transition was not a transition at all. She loved going to Bellcate from the second she walked in. Bellcate allows her to be her. Bellcate allows her to smile and laugh. Bellcate gives her the freedom to explore others and herself; as she has never been able to do before.
I know that Bellcate loves basketball. As I see it, Bellcate is the actual basketball net. This net catches the unwanted, the misunderstood, the unteachable, the ones who can’t talk for themselves. It is the net that saves them from hitting the bottom. It is the net that turns them around – as they have turned Jaime around. She is HAPPY.
Who makes up this net? An incredible, varied, skilled and unique staff – from top to bottom – that understand their students. They love the students as us caregivers love them. They love them for who they are, not what they can’t do.
So, that is why there was no transition for Jaime. She jumped into this net and it is carrying her up. Sometimes it’s by lifting, sometimes it is by holding her hand, sometimes it is by cheering. You have given her something that no one else has been able to do.
So, was there a transition? Nope. It was a change of direction – just up.
So, thank you for taking her into your school. We are forever grateful for what you have done and what you continually strive to do.
~Carol & Dan