Dis­tant dream comes true

The Hamilton Spectator - - OUR PULSE - AMANDA COSMO, GRADE 12, NOTRE DAME HOUSE SCHOOL

Notre Dame House School is a small hole in the wall place, with some pretty amaz­ing peo­ple wait­ing in­side. With a small space and class, it’s very easy to con­nect with peo­ple around you—not to men­tion get your school­ing done. The two teach­ers are very un­der­stand­ing. They rec­og­nize that life can get in the way of one’s goals, yet they will push you to reach suc­cess.

Be­ing a part of the Co-Op pro­gram at the Notre Dame House School has been a won­der­ful and en­light­en­ing experience, show­ing me that there are some teach­ers who re­ally do care about their stu­dents’ suc­cess by of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent ways of earn­ing cred­its. It’s ter­rific to have a cou­ple of great peo­ple on your side dur­ing what can be a tough part of life for some.

The hours I work can go to­wards my Co-Op while I still get paid—this is called paid Co-Op, so work­ing at my job also helps me earn high school credit, which is pretty amaz­ing with a busy sched­ule. Most schools of­fer a Co-Op pro­gram, but with this smaller class, you can gain a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with the staff, even though very few days are spent in class.

With­out the Notre Dame House School re­sources and staff, be­com­ing a high school grad­u­ate would have been but a dis­tant dream for me. Now that goal is right around the cor­ner. Thank you Notre Dame House School staff; you have been a great help on the bumpy road to suc­cess.

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