Andrew Gray

My time at Trillium has played a huge part of who I am and what I have ccomplished in life.  It was life-changing; I mean that in the literal sense.  It changed my life for the better.  I am afraid to think of where I would be now if I did not attend Trillium Demonstration School.

 It taught me not to be afraid to ask for help.  Shomething I still have trouble with, it was safe, supportive and highly educational school.  You did not have to worry about asking questions and being teased for not understanding because everybody was in the same boat.  The teacher assistants were amazing and always helped out.  I still have fond memories of Tracy May, a teacher's assistant.

It taught me to be comfortable with myself and my learning disabilities.  Trillium taught me tools, tricks, ways to overcome and to cope with my learning disabilities.  It also taught me that I can use my learning disabilities to help me.  To think outside the box and that just because I have a learning disability it does not have to be negative.

Those are only some of the postitives of Trillium Demonstration School.  That is just school; it does not take into account the Residence program.

The Residence program and counselors helped me become more social.  It taught me many life skills.  The counselors brought me out of my shell and comfort zones, they encouraged us to try different things and not to be afraid to fail.  Residence counselors did a variety of programs and acivities to help us in our daily lives.

I cannot express to you how much I believe the schools should be allowed to stay open.  They may cost a little more money to operate them, but I believe with all my heart that they are worth it.

Sincerely

Andrew Gray