Emma came to MGGA at 15 years old, just a few weeks before her 16th birthday. Earlier in her childhood, she had been adopted and had later been diagnosed with a certain learning disorder with special needs. In school, she had been put in an Individualized Education Program. Upon enrollment at MGGA, Emma was not even reading on a 1st grade reading level. Reading the King James Bible and doing first grade school work was extremely difficult; she needed help with any words over 2 or 3 letters. However, as time went on, her daily attempt at reading the Bible out loud along with daily school reading has drastically improved her reading which has been continuously improving all the time.

During the 2020-2021 school year I took over running our school and I started noticing that she would try to memorize words; she had been taught how to read what little she knew by memorizing the words; I felt that Emma would benefit from a Phonics curriculum, so I started her in one. Wow, you should hear her read now. We still have to help her with certain big words, but she can actually sound out a lot of the words in the Bible that we come to and reads like she has been doing it her whole life. She still struggles in some subjects in school, such as science (struggling with the concepts and the big scientific words), math (the logic of it) and spelling. However, even her spelling and writing have gotten better; not to the great extent that her reading has, but I have faith that she will continue to improve in that over time as well. Emma is now doing 6th grade work! We give all the praise to the Lord!

I also want to take this time to say thank you to our volunteers who come in faithfully to help in the school. They spend a lot of time and effort with Emma and the other girls who struggle in their school. I praise the Lord for them and could not do it without them.

Tanya Blankenship, School Supervisor, BA (Child Development)