I attended Sagonaska school for two years of my life, I enrolled at the school in 2013, at this point in my life I was 14 years old going into grade 9 and could only read in a grade four reading level, I hated school, it seems like a bold statement to say but it was true, my entire education experience prior to going to Sagonaska included, sitting in the back of the room with the blue folder writing worksheet after worksheet by myself
in the back of the class, being taunted by peers as well as teachers for my lack of "academic" skills, as well as going to a classes full of third-graders to practice are sounding out. I was full of excitement walking into the doors of Sagonaska, excitement to meet new people, to have new experiences, but most of all excitement to have the ability to read. I was diagnosed with a learning disability when I was in fourth grade, at the time I wasn't even capable to read something as simple as a sentence, my parents hired countless tutors, and I spent every night reading with my family, however still there is no success, so in my mind going to the school was everything I needed to be able to succeed. I remember the first day consisted of meeting my peers as well as my teachers and counsellors for the year. Thus my first year began and I got a whole new outlook on what education is, three kids in the class learning how to read together, gaining self-confidence and the ability to feel like they are achieving something greater, The teachers are all kind and patient and we're always there to pick you up whenever you feel down, I always felt comfortable with every teacher because I knew that they were not going to judge me, they only wanted to see everyone succeed. At 14 years old I had the same reading ability as a nine-year-old, when I read I read fast and never stopped for any punctuation, I have trouble with what most people my age would find the simplest word to read, by the end of that first year I was in grade 8 reading level. Another amazing part of Sagonaska is the residents, when you're young one of the most important things to you is to fit in. In my first year at Sag I live with three amazing girls, we supported each other in every day situations, and of course braided our hair and painted our nails together. One of the best things with living with my peers was the feeling of feeling welcome, we were all the same and none of us were going to judge each other, it was nice to be around people that knew the struggle of not being able to fit in academically like everyone else. As much as I loved residence with the girls I lived with. I also loved the stuff that worked with us, for my two years I spent at Sag had the most amazing counsellors, I had the same counsellor who I saw every day after school for the whole two years, she was a huge mentor in my life who I will always be grateful for. From our friendly counsellors, the lovely nurses that worked at student health services, are uplifting secretaries and just anyone you met at Sagonaska you always felt at home. My two years I spent at Sagonaska really change my life, I don't know who I would be or how I would be without this school. I was really appalled when I heard they could be shutting down Sag, it makes me really disappointed with our government, with all due respect I don't understand why shutting down one of the best schools for education is a good idea, I might be young but I believe that everyone deserves to have a fair chance, it's not a fair chance to shut down a school that gives kids with learning opportunities to be able to do what everyone has to do in life to succeed, read.
Sagonaska Student 2013-2015