Alex has always had an interest in flying. When he was young, our son would fly simulations on his computer or play flying video games, always with the hope of flying for real someday. Two years ago, he took a discovery flight through the Young Eagles program where a pilot will take a young prospective student pilot for a 30-minute introductory flight. After that, Alex was hooked. Because of the large amount of reading and studying it takes to become a pilot, we were unsure if he would be able to handle this challenge.
But for Alex this school year was bringing a new school. After attending Miriam Academy for a few months, it was clear: new school, new confidence, new maturity and it was the right time to start flying. The happy, fun-loving kid that we once knew was back! His excitement and love of flying helps him tackle the studying and reading that comes along with getting a pilot’s license.
As a parent, I have watched Alex change since attending Miriam Academy. The teachers and staff have been incredible. They are available to help and answer questions at all times for students and parents. Everyone at the Academy knows the students as individuals and works with them as individuals.
Alex actually wants to go to school every day! His favorite part about the Academy is all of the new friends he has made, along with the help and encouragement of his teachers. He also loves the after school clubs, with the bowling and cooking clubs as his favorites.
Alex has begun his training at Ideal Aviation in Cahokia, Illinois. He has ground lessons and flight lessons twice a week. His instructor is helping build his confidence and growing his passion for flying. This is a long process and takes a lot of dedication, but with his new-found confidence, Alex is ready to tackle this endeavor.
We all want to see our children succeed. Now I believe Alex has a school, Miriam Academy, that will help him succeed.
-Submitted by Krista Ryffel