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Boy bullied for rare bone disease finds comfort in new online school

Originally aired on WBRC-TV – July 29, 2017 Twelve-year-old Noah Uptain is scheduled to have surgery this October for his medical condition. Uptain considers himself unique but not everyone at his old school understood that. Jasper native Noah Uptain looks like your average seventh-grade boy. He enjoys physical activity. However, he can’t participate in contact […]

Once bullied, an online school changes 9-year-old’s life

Originally aired on WBRC-TV – August 8, 2018 An Alabama girl was bullied so badly at school, her mother looked for a different way to teach her child. “Her grades started falling, she started coming home and started withdrawing more and more,” said Angela Shealy. “I was like, ‘This is not my child. What is going on […]

Virtual school helps child with autism feel comfortable in the classroom

Originally aired on KNDO-TV – September 30, 2019 Everyone learns in different ways, and for one child in Yakima, that meant switching schools; not to another school in the district but to a virtual one. 8-year-old Nathaniel Hernandez attends Washington Virtual Academy. After having difficulties learning at a traditional school, Nathaniel’s grandmother, Selene Hernandez, decided […]

Local teen attends Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy

Originally published in The Mining Journal – September 28, 2019 A traditional classroom is not the best choice for everybody. Especially when you have a serious health issue. Serena Titsworth, 17, of Chocolay Township has been attending the Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, getting her high school education in front of a home computer instead […]

Virtual academy benefits extolled

Originally published in The Times Free Press – September 29, 2019 We’ve been with Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA) four years now, and we’re proud to be a virtual school family. Our daughter, Breanna, struggled with dyslexia, ADD and cognitive skills in brick-and-mortar school yet advanced grade after grade without her issues being addressed. Things looked […]

Online school provides an important alternative

Originally published in The Cedar Rapids Gazette – September 27, 2019 My son, Carson, has a muscular disorder which will leave him wheelchair-bound for life and ventilator dependent. His health care routine is quite substantial and requires around the clock assistance throughout the day. Because of the schedule needed to provide his care, and the […]

Born with one arm, 14-year-old black belt shoots for 2024 Paralympics

Originally published in the Cincinnati Enquirer – September 19, 2019 In four years, Fairfield resident Austin Osner has gone from an anxious 10-year-old depressed over his disability and unsure of himself to an elite TaeKwonDo performer. Born with a left arm, but no hand nor forearm on his right side, he would tire of the stares, […]

Online learning program gives Virginia students different option for public school

Originally aired on WFXR-TV – September 19, 2019 (WFXR News) – Some Virginia parents are seeking an alternative program to traditional schools through an online public school. Virginia Virtual Academy offers students a chance to learn without leaving their house. Students from across the Commonwealth use the program for a variety of reasons, like medical needs […]

Letter: Online learning has been big boost for our child

Originally published in The Fayetteville Observer – September 20, 2019 As a military family, we move around quite often. Constant change makes it difficult for my son Connor to focus in school. Connor has ADHD but has also tested as “twice exceptional,” which means he has a high IQ. Despite having a specialized education plan […]

‘Farm kid’ from Pikeville wins U.S. Kids World Golf Championship

Originally aired on WRAL-TV – September 18, 2019 GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Pikeville native Ella Hannant is a self-described “farm kid.” The 10-year-old spends countless hours a day perfecting her game at Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro. “Ella started hitting balls when she was about 2,” said Regan Hannant, Ella’s mom. “By the time she was […]