As Tennessee’s legislators attempt to crack down on the Tennessee Virtual Academy, preventing future students that might be reached by this incredible program, K12 is reaching out, asking families to share their success stories. Many of these stories are tear-jerkers: tales of bullying, of students with illnesses or injuries that prevent them from functioning in a traditional brick and mortar classroom, or of students with learning disabilities who were looked over, ignored, or even made fun of in their previous schools.
Then K12 entered their lives, and these students have been transformed. Suddenly, they have their love of learning back. They can go to school every day without being afraid—or they can go to school when they are physically able, instead of constantly fighting the haze created by their illnesses and never being able to catch up. When life gets in the way, and students aren’t able to cram themselves into the box that many public education systems think they belong in, K12 steps in to help.
These stories can be found at What’s Your Story. The contest offers prizes, including a Kindle Fire or a $50 Amazon gift card, for the winners, but it also offers something more: an opportunity for many families who might not have been exposed to the idea of virtual learning in the past to see what a difference it has made for those families who have pursued it.
There are extraordinary families of every race, religion, and background within these stories. Many of them will never meet in person; and even some of those who do would not recognize one another. All of them came to virtual schooling through a different path; but they all have one thing in common: they are appreciative of the opportunities that have come to them through the K12 system.