Back to School: Meredith Starts 6th Grade
It’s been a while since we checked in with Meredith’s parents for a little update on what she’s been up to, so we’re excited to share the post below from her dad Greg, talking about her summer, a house build that’s completely accessible for Mer, and the start of 6th grade which began last week.
(For those of you just following along or stumbling upon this post, Meredith is the “M” in our MTeam and the reason we came together to support Best Buddies and advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can read more about her and her family and her journey with a rare genetic condition called FOXG1 in their interview post).
Over to Greg:
“Meredith had a wonderful Summer filled with visits to the Cape and a very active Summer school program. We also moved into a new handicapped accessible home this past June. The house build was an exciting process and offers all of us many new opportunities. It is a one story home with an open floor plan. There are no bumps or transitions which allows Meredith to roll freely in her wheelchair. We have a front porch Meredith can roll onto without having to negotiate any steps and our new kitchen table has plenty of clearance allowing Meredith, Laura and I to eat together as a family. This is something we have never been able to do before.
Meredith started 6th grade at King Phillip Middle School this week. She goes to school year-round and benefits from this ongoing structured support. Mer studied amusement parks, spent a lot of time outdoors and went swimming each week. The Summer program is a nice break from the intensive Fall and Spring academic curriculum. Meredith continues to impress with the eye gaze and becomes more comfortable with the technology each day. Meredith is also moving into a new classroom this year so we are looking forward to seeing the new digs!
It is a joy to watch our daughter grow into such an amazing lady and we are blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by so much love and support. 6th grade here we come!”