Derek, who likes to go by Nii, loved being an Elim student.
Like many students who come to Elim, Nii required a structured environment with supports and expertise tailored to his specific educational goals, along with the resources that would best help him access his education. According to Nii’s mom, he also needed a place like Elim that understood that he learned differently from other students. Elim was that place for him and his family. We saw his gifts and focused on developing his strengths.
Before visiting Elim for the first time, Nii’s parents knew only that it was a Christian school. Although they had dreamed of Nii going to a Christian school for a long time, they were blessed beyond their expectations when they saw how Elim staff loved and cared for each student.
When Nii transferred to Elim, his mom recalls, “The change was like day and night. As soon as he came to Elim, he flourished!”
When his mom would say, “Time for Elim,” he would dart right out of bed to get ready and couldn’t be more excited.
After coming to Elim, Nii became more social and interactive. He loved being around other Elim students and knew that he was loved. He became comfortable and no longer grew as anxious about his environment. This not only allowed him to come out of his shell socially, but to succeed and fully participate in his education.
Because of you, Nii was able to grow academically and personally. In addition to large doses of love and acceptance, Nii also had a personalized education plan just for him. At the top of his family’s wish list were progress in his social interactions and that he would grow in his ability to communicate. Not only did he achieve that, but he also grew in his love for Jesus Christ and his love for church and worship, because of the Christian environment God placed him in at Elim. One of his favorite things to say is, “In Jesus’ precious name, Amen!”
Nii’s family wishes they could have had him at Elim right from the start of his school career. His mom says, “Coming to Elim was God-designed,” because they have seen so much growth in his few years at Elim. While they may wonder what might have been if he had started at Elim sooner, the success he and his family have experienced is a direct result of your support for Nii and his family.