Student Spotlight:

Richaun Farmer

Richaun is a very happy and enthusiastic young man. He will always greet you with a pleasant smile and a hello. He is always eager and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who may be in of need one. He enjoys bowling, playing games on the Wii, using his tablet, building with Legos, listening to music, dancing, and singing: but Richaun’s first love is art. He loves working with his hands and creating awesome works of art. Recently Richaun had one of his art pieces featured in an art exhibit along with other students at St. Philips Church in Crafton. He was so proud of himself, and so was his family.

Richaun loves his family so much, he calls his grandma daily before school asking her to pray for him and his niece as they travel to and from school. He is the youngest of three, and an uncle as well, and loves taking on the responsibility to make sure they are ok.

When I first found out I was pregnant with Richaun, I was excited, despite doctors telling me my son may be born with some developmental delays. That didn't matter because he was my son and I loved him unconditionally.

As Richaun got older he started to show signs of those developmental delays: such as hearing issues (had to have tubes), delayed walking and unclear speech, just to name a few. As a mother, I went to work researching and trying to find therapies and programs in order to help my son. He was diagnosed with Autism at age 4 when he was in Whittier Elementary School, Special Education Preschool. When I came across The St. Anthony School Programs it was a Godsend. The

St. Anthony Programs was a blessing to my family because it helped to provide Richaun with a stable religious and educational foundation. He began at Cardinal Wright Regional where he had Mrs. Brunner as his Resource Room teacher who he truly adored and they forged an amazing bond. She was so patient with him and was always encouraging him to do his very best even if something appeared to be a challenge for him, she never let him give up. Richaun is now a junior at Bishop Canevin High School, and soon he will be graduating and hopefully going to Duquesne University, in the Post-Secondary Program.

Richaun attends John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church where he is a very active member. Richaun helps passing out the music books, helps with the reading of the Sunday devotional message, collection of the offering and communion.

With the help and support of a loving family, friends and St. Anthony School Programs, Richaun's future looks bright. As his mother, I couldn't be more proud of the accomplishments he has been able to achieve thus far, with much more on the horizon.

Rachaun Farmer; student spotlight
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