Thursday, June 2, 2016

An Open Letter to Will's Friends at Purefoy Elementary

Dear Purefoy,

You probably don't know me, but I'm Will's mom. Will is graduating from the 5th grade tomorrow morning and I just want to say, "thank you." For everything.

I'm sure you guys know by now that Will has something called autism. Will's autism has made some things very difficult for him. Over the years it's been hard for Will to make friends. But you were always so nice to Will and always looked out for him. You cheered for him when he zip-lined at camp and when he received the "Grit" award. He loved it when you said "hello" to him as you were walking down the halls at school. He really liked sitting with you during lunchtime in the cafeteria. Will would come home every day and tell us how much fun he had with his friends at Purefoy. He may not have told you this, but he's going to miss you next year. A lot.

Will couldn't wait to get to school to hang out and learn with you every day. You probably noticed that he needed extra help with group projects and taking tests. But I bet he was pretty helpful with some things like geography because Will knows all the countries all over the world. He even knows what their flags look like. But thank you for being patient with Will and including him. 

Thank you for not treating Will like he was different. 

And can you do me a favor? Please thank your mom and dad for me because they've taught you to be kind and not to make fun of kids like Will who just need a little extra help in life. And please thank your teachers and administrators too - they really helped Will a lot these last two years.

Thank you... for everything.


Will's Mom

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