“I was able to volunteer at the local food bank each week. I got to sleep in. I was able to travel. I spent a month camping and doing school, and I was able to go to the World War II reenactment in Texas without missing any school.
“I saw the friends I made at Arkansas Connections Academy on school field trips and prom. I did outside activities like going to the movies, arcades, and the library with friends outside of school. At Arkansas Connections Academy, there was no bullying; my day was not rushed through. I got to spend more time on subjects that I needed help with and could move on through the ones that I did not. I got breaks and lunch when I wanted to have them. I was not limited to a rigid daily schedule."