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Empowering Unique Learners
Jack gives back to Miriam, four years later
Katie Stalter

While many of his classmates chose hospitals, parishes, daycares or grade schools for their senior service project, one Bishop DuBourg senior went with a place he knew firsthand would make a difference – Miriam Switching Post.

Jack is a 2020 Miriam eighth-grade graduate who said he knows the revenue from the Switching Post, an upscale resale furniture and décor shop in Brentwood, helps fund tuition assistance for students at Miriam School.

“My family used those funds, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to attend,” Jack said. “I want all students who learn differently to have the opportunity to attend Miriam, no matter what their family’s financial situation is.”

Student Jack standing in his front yard with family

Jack was apprehensive on his first day volunteering at the shop. “But I gained a ton of self-confidence and feel really good about what I accomplished during my 10 days there.”

Tracy Frish, Switching Post Manager, said Jack helped with everything from running the cash register to driving with the donation team to pick up furniture from donors. He also organized the customer service supply area, set up merchandise for the shop’s art sale, and helped price new décor items. Jack’s favorite? Polishing the silver.

“Jack has wowed all of us during his time here,” Tracy said. “He is friendly, responsible, adaptable, curious and eager to learn new things. All of the staff and volunteers were thrilled to have Jack with us.”

Jack’s mom, Pam, agreed that his two weeks at the shop helped him build a lot of confidence. She said her son felt welcome and appreciated. “I am glad that Jack was viewed as a valued contributing member during his two weeks there.”

Jack started attending Miriam School in fourth grade. Pam said Miriam gave Jack the academic and social skills he needed as he prepared for high school.

“The integrated therapies that are built into the regular school day helped Jack develop and grow socially and academically,” Pam said. “They focused on Jack’s strengths and weaknesses to help him progress.”

Because of his experience at Miriam, combined with support he has received at Bishop DuBourg, Jack has had an excellent four years of high school, Pam said.

After graduation this May, Jack plans to move to Florida to live with his dad and attend community college. He is unsure what type of career he wants to pursue, but Jack is looking forward to exploring various options while completing basic college requirements.

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