Fast forward to (almost) today. Jenny’s mom is back in my office. She seems more positive. Jenny is moving around with more energy than last time. I asked Jenny’s mom how it’s going. Jenny snapped into the conversation. Now looking at me directly, she engaged to proudly declare that she was almost in the top two highest grades in her class. It seemed like a new Jenny, but in reality, it was the same Jenny as before. I could see her glow again. After being back in person this year, Jenny was the student we knew a few years ago. So what changed?
There’s no doubt the pandemic was hard. A lot of students were in their houses which can be hard to begin with, but some students deal with abusive and traumatic situations. I don’t know for certainty if Jenny needed the social interaction, direct support from her teacher, or just a place to get away from her home. But I know that Morning Glory was with her every step of the journey back to her full potential. We’ve seen time-and-time again that Morning Glory is a place of hope and healing for so many. Morning Glory is where hundreds learn what love can do. Jenny is just one Story that came into my office and gave me a glimpse of God's incredible glory that is working all the time in our classrooms. I know there are plenty more Stories of students who find love, acceptance, redemption, and peace at Morning Glory.