Our local newspaper The Island Packetpublished this article on Sunday, July 8,2022:
The website www.deafandhoh.com featured Caitlyn as the July Member of the month:
The on-line newspaper The Beaufort Tribune published an article about Caitlyn on June 6, 2012:
Even though the tally does not show it, we are thrilled to let everyone know that as of today Caitlyn's campaign has raises over $4,000.00 towards her goal of $7,500.00!! Thank you to everyone that has so generously contributed!!
WHY DO I WANT THE RIGHT EDUCATION?
That's a great question, one that I've been asked a million times (okay maybe not a million times, but quite a few times to say the least). I've also asked myself: "If at 14 (not turning 15 until November) am I ready to leave my family, my home, the only life I know to go away to school?" The answer is undoubtedly yes!! I am ready. You see, I am not a "normal" person. What that means to you, I don't know. To me, it means that I'm "different". I see, and more importantly hear, the world from a different angle than most people. I’m hearing impaired. I was born with a moderate to severe bi-lateral hearing impairment. When I was 3 years old I received my first set of hearing aids. I wear my hearing aids 95% of the time. It’s been difficult fitting in. And yes, kids can be cruel. Even though I’ve been in the same public school system my whole life and everyone knows I cant hear, the fact is that I have been made fun of, even bullied because I am different. I very rarely let myself get down about my disability and over the years have not only taught myself to be a proficient lip reader (with my above average eyesight I can read your lips from across a crowded room), but I've also worked so hard at school, after school and on weekends on my studies that in less than 3 years (from 6th through 8th grade) I've moved myself from requiring special hearing and speech services daily to being in all honors classes and completely mainstreamed - oh, yeah, did I mention that my 5th grade teacher and special education team actually had a meeting and talked about the possibility of holding me back and having me repeat the 5th grade - NO JOKE!!
During those same 3 years I've gotten to know myself a lot better. I've realized that I actually love, I mean really love, to learn. History and social studies are my favorite subjects in school. However, I'm passionate about reading and writing. I love fiction the most but every once in a while I love a good memoir or classic novel. I find myself motivated by my own hard earned success..... I may not be a super genius, but I'm super tenacious and always up for a challenge. I thrive on consistency and accountability. I try hard to be, and want to be, surrounded by other kids that want to learn and expand their world as much as I do. I want to live with people from different cultures and walks of life. Learn new languages and about other life experiences. I want to listen to other opinions and share mine with people who are interested in what I have to say. I want to be with kids that are "different" like me!
This is why I researched, studied, tested, wrote countless essays, visited campuses near and far, secured letters of recommendations and was finally accepted into the school of my choice, a small faith based school in Northern Georgia, USA. Where there are lots of kids that are proudly diverse, cultured and "different" just like me. I’m extremely hopeful that the school’s small and diverse student body will allow me to grow into a more confident and independent person. All while being able to grow and expand my passion for writing.
So, I got accepted! WOO HOO!! Now comes the hard part. Funding my dream of going to the RIGHT school. My mom and dad divorced about 10 years ago. My father does not support us emotionally or financially. There's very little extra money to pay for such an expensive Dream. Fortunately for me, with a lot of time, energy and negotiating on my mom’s part, we were able to secure a very generous financial aid package from the school to pay for most of the expenses of room, board and tuition. The financial aid package money does not cover books, uniforms, lab or athletic fees, laundry fees, travel expenses to and from school for breaks and holidays or out-of-pocket expenses. Not to mention a new computer to take to school - we have one at home that we share as a family but that one needs to stay home for my mom and little brother to use.
That’s what I need your help with - all the costs that are not covered by the super generous financial aid package. My goal is to raise $7,500.00 by July 31, 2012. If I don't reach my goal, all the money that I do receive will be put towards my out-of-pocket Boarding School expenses. The money will not be returned to contributors. My mom says even if we don't reach my goal, she will make my Dream of going to the RIGHT school a reality somehow. She's even mentioned getting a second job in the evenings to make ends meet. I'm not too happy about that idea - my little brother needs all the attention and time from my mother that he can get!!
Thank you for watching my video and reading my bio. Any contribution you can make would be greatly appreciated and put to great use. When you make your contribution be sure to complete the information/contact request so that I can mail you the perks you've earned.
Also, please, if you think my Boarding School Dream is a worthy cause - like I do, please share my link with everyone you know. MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY THANKS!!!