As a senior at Bishop Du Bourg High School, I recently had the opportunity to come back to Miriam School for my senior service hours. I was a student at Miriam from first through eighth grade, so it was great to return to see many of the same teachers and traditions still in place.
For my senior project, I got to work with students in a variety of ways including: helping students stay on task, math, reading, classroom projects and playing outside. I enjoyed working with the students because it reminded me of when I was a student at Miriam and it also gave me a chance to give back to such a special place that is a big part of my life.
It was very meaningful for me to be back at Miriam for many reasons. The school played an important role not only in my educational experience, but also as the place where I grew up. It struck me that very little has changed and I take comfort in the fact that almost everything that was part of my childhood and early teen years has remained a constant to this day.
Some of my favorite memories of being a student at Miriam include class projects, going to extended day, eating pizza on Fridays, and enjoying “Fun Friday” where, at the end of the school week, students could participate in various free-time activities.
I also liked meeting all kinds of new people at Miriam where I made a number of friends. Miriam gave me the social skills I needed to learn to get along with people of different backgrounds, personalities, attitudes, and challenges/struggles. This understanding about myself has served me well in high school.
Miriam teachers taught me valuable life lessons in a way that worked with my disabilities and learning challenges that no other educational institution could have ever done. Teachers taught me about appropriate social skills, helped me out when I was struggling with any subject, and treated me with kindness and respect. I had every resource at hand to help me succeed, graduate from high school and go on to pursue my dream of being a civil engineer.
-John Deasy, Miriam School alumnus and senior service volunteer