L.I.F.E. Academy Celebrates Four Graduates with Special Needs

Superintendent Dr. Nancy Graham presents diplomas to the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy Class of 2014. The L.I.F.E. Academy is a Lee County charter school for middle and high school students with intellectual disabilities.
Andrew Cordova smiles alongside fellow graduates and Dr. Nancy Graham
Andrew Cordova smiles alongside fellow graduates and Dr. Nancy Graham
FORT MYERS, Fla. - May 23, 2014 - PRLog -- The Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy’s annual commencement ceremony is traditionally one of the smallest in Lee County, but that doesn’t make graduation any less significant for its students.  The Lee County charter school, which caters to students with intellectual disabilities, presented diplomas to four graduates on Thursday night: Andrew Cordova, Michael Rohloff, Christian Santos, and Clay Wethal.

“Graduation for students with disabilities is a milestone of great significance,” says Lynn Pottorf, L.I.F.E. Academy principal.   “These students have worked hard and faced challenges with courage and perseverance to attain their goals.  We have prepared them to begin the next phase of their life with a positive attitude and strong work ethic.”

Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy (http://www.GoodwillLifeAcademy.org) is a charter school for students ages 11-22 with developmental disabilities. Classes at the L.I.F.E. Academy focus on academic, vocational, and life skills to prepare the students to live as independently as possible after graduation. The 2014 commencement ceremony was the ninth graduation in school history.

Dr. Nancy Graham, Ed.D., Lee County School Superintendent, presented the diplomas to the four graduates after a moving speech.

“Sometimes people think that we’re in competition with charter schools,” stated Dr. Graham.  “I’m grateful for the work that goes on here. Every student deserves the opportunity to have success.”

The L.I.F.E. Academy is currently accepting students for the 2014-15 academic year.  For eligibility requirement and other information, please visit http://www.GoodwillLifeAcademy.org or contact Principal Lynn Pottorf at 239-334-4434.

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