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Since I was 17 months old, my mother had a lot to worry about. Before I even turned two years old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My mom knew that by enrolling me into the public school system, I would not have been afforded the attention I needed. My school choice scholarship provided the peace of mind my family needed.

The scholarship lessened the stress of affording my K-12 private education. My single mother was able to place me in a private education environment; it was at this school that I excelled not only in academics but also socially and spiritually.

Attending my private school provided me with what I needed to thrive. I was provided with smaller classroom sizes and a school setting that offered the specialized teaching I needed. Everyone should be able to choose the right education path for their child. The educational choice should not start at college; it should start from the very beginning of the education primary years.

Sometimes your zoned school may not be able to provide quality education or have the resources that are needed for some students. A family’s income should not impact their ability to have the chance to send their child to what they believe is the best school option. Especially now, families’ financial stability and income stability are becoming increasingly more vulnerable every day. Ultimately, our families are spread thin. However, their children’s education should never be at risk of not receiving the best educational options due to limited financial means.

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