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I May Be Incarcerated, But My Education Doesn’t End There

This month, beginning with National Charter Schools Week, we will feature stories from charter school graduates from across the country. Check back every day to see a new student feature in our 30 Days of Grad series.

My name is Brittany Rodgers, I’m 19 years old, and I am incarcerated in the Kent County Correctional Facility. I am also a graduate of the Lighthouse Academy Charter School in Michigan, which I’m here to tell you about.

Let me start by saying I absolutely hated going to public school, up until I found myself attending Lighthouse Academy - when I ended up creating the biggest accomplishment of my life out of a bad situation. I guess you could say I turned a negative into a positive.

At Lighthouse Academy, I received the one on one time that I needed in order to graduate. The E2020 online program helped me tremendously. I never really liked going to classes with a bunch of students before, because it gave me anxiety. So the online classes were great for me, because I could do my work without having horrible anxiety. I originally did not complete my public high school because my anxiety would get so bad that I would leave school halfway throughout the day. When I attended classes through the Lighthouse Academy, I had no anxiety at all. My main focus was completing the work.

I highly encourage students to get their diploma, and I would like to thank the outstanding teachers who helped me along the way. I also encourage students who have a hard time with traditional public high schools, especially the ones with lots of students in them, to consider a charter school like Lighthouse Academy. There is less pressure to fit in. Everyone is there for one reason: to get their diploma.

I thank Lighthouse Academy and the teachers who have given me this great opportunity to get my diploma, especially at the lowest point in my life. I still cannot believe I actually did it! I am so proud of myself for pushing through and completing it. Thank you so much, Lighthouse Academy!

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