Paying it Forward
On April 30, 2018 the EMS meeting room was full of 8th grade students eager to know what life Landmark's high school would be like as they move on at the end of this year. Landmark's high school Student Advocates effectively answered every question that each 8th grade student asked.
Students met in small groups with the Advocates and posed a range of questions from “How is the food?” to “How hard is the homework?” One 8th grade student asked “How is making friends at the high school?” An Advocate said that boarding helped him make friends quickly and that coming to Landmark’s high school with your EMS friends will also make the transition easier. EMS students felt more relieved about the next step and the Advocates were happy to share their experiences.
The Advocates, led by faculty members Jason Mansfield, Jennifer O’Riordan, and Dan Ahearn deliver presentations to graduate and undergraduate education students at local colleges and universities, as well as to students, teachers, and administrators at elementary and middle schools. They talk about how having a learning difference affects them in school, at work, and in other aspects of life. These personal accounts are honest, powerful, and eye-opening.
Learn more about our Student Advocate program.