Virtual Students Count

Originally published in The Winchester News Gazette – October 22, 2019

Indiana is a Count Day state. For the virtual students at Indiana Digital, that day was also about how much they count. 

Virtual students face unique challenges in their lives that can be hard on a student’s self-confidence. I wanted them to know their voice matters, so we gave the students an opportunity to write letters about why they count – and we received over 1,000! 

– “Since I have started Indiana Digital, I have become more independent, confident, and passionate about what I want as a student.” – 9th grader

– “I prefer Indiana Digital over a normal school because I don’t have anxiety anymore” – 5th grader

– “I like going to Indiana Digital because I can be at home and feel safe.” – 1st grader.

Not everyone understands what we do here, but I do hope they listen, not to me, but to the students. 

With that in mind, I sent these letters on to Indiana State Senator and Education Chair, Jeff Raatz (R-27th). He wrote the students back! 

He let us know he believes in Indiana kids and supports their right to choose the education that works for them. We shared this letter with all our Indiana Digital families!

I realize how lucky I am to provide this type of education and grateful to serve them, with both the Union School Corporation and a Senator that will take the time to listen.

Elizabeth Sliger is the Head of School of Indiana Digital Learning School. To learn more about Indiana Digital Learning School, visit

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