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I chose my child’s school after an incident happened at his public school. My son has severe asthma and allergies, and he had an extremely hard time wearing a mask during the pandemic. It was hard for him to breathe, he had a constantly running nose, and he had to use his inhaler every day. We loved his public school, but I was concerned that we would have to find an alternative school so my son would not have to suffer.

We were so happy when we found out that the school would not be continuing the mandate for the following year. Unfortunately, due to rising COVID-19 cases, the school reinforced the mandate after three weeks. Even when I provided a medical exception to the school, my son still had to wear it. My son became ostracized. I soon realized that my priorities for my son’s health and the schools were not the same. I decided that day to find a different school for him.

The next day, I found Tipping Point Christian Academy. After his first day of school, I asked him about his day; I was nervous that it wouldn’t work out. His response was, “Mom, they have picnic tables where I got to sit right next to my friends and eat lunch!” I broke down into tears. He hugged me and said, “Thank you for bringing me to a new school.”

This school has made a tremendous difference in my life and my sons. My child is loved, taught well, excelling, happy, and most importantly gets to experience being a 6-year-old boy. I am informed of everything he is doing on a daily basis. The staff and every single person that is a part of this community are incredible. We are so blessed, thankful, and fortunate to be at Tipping Point Christian Academy.

“I do believe that regardless of income, all families should have the right to choose what school is best for their child.”

I do believe that regardless of income, all families should have the right to choose what school is best for their child. We love and respect all teachers, but the first teacher in a child’s life is their parent(s), or guardian. As a mom, I strongly believe that I should have all the say in what is taught to my child. Regardless of any one person’s views, all parents should have the right to be involved in what their child is taught. It’s unfortunate that income causes so many families not to be able to have this freedom.

If I could have afforded it sooner, my son would have started at Tipping Point Christian Academy in his first year of Kindergarten. As a single mother, I wasn’t able to choose anything I wanted for him. My child comes first, their education comes first, their protection comes first. I still don’t know how I will afford this school, it’s been a financial burden, to say the least. But, more than anything it has been a blessing.
I’m going to take a stand and whatever sacrifices I have to make, I will. To see my son smiling and hugging his friends…. you can’t put a price tag on that. I know other families feel the same way and unfortunately cannot make sacrifices to afford the right schools currently. I hope one day every family will have the freedom to choose. If not, I hope people start coming together to make more foundations, grants, or scholarships to get these families where they want to be.

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