A program that helped

To the Editor:

This is a copy of the e-mail I sent to Steve Nixon, principal of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School:

I want to start off by letting you know that I understand you were probably not the sole decider in the decision to cut the Rebecca Amos Institute (R.A.I.) program. I also do not know the exact reasoning, but I doubt those reasons could humble me.

I know how many students the program has drastically helped, but I know more of how it has helped me, helped me when I fell out of the bigger picture that is Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (by no fault of you or any faculty.) They helped me realign what was surely the beginnings of a poorly chosen path.

Every R.A.I. faculty member met me at the curve in that path and led me on one toward happiness, success, and worthiness, all with me kicking and screaming. The determination and patience that every R.A.I. faculty member, past and present, has displayed both in view and out is something to be cherished, not stubbed and cut out. I hope every time you see a student falter or give up in the years to come you will know that R.A.I. served a purpose and produced miracles with students that the high school, unfortunately, can not always achieve.

Hayley Panek

Vineyard Haven