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Daniel’s Story

The cool thing about Hanna is it helps each boy with what they need...I know I can accomplish great things. There are a lot of staff who
I know really care about me and help me when I need it.

Daniel

You can be the richest man in the world if only you take advantage of what people offer you. I feel like Hanna gives me love, support, and skills. There are a lot of people here who work to help kids like me. It’s a really big deal. I want to take advantage of all of it.

My favorite thing about Hanna is the campus. It’s beautiful. I like to go for walks whenever I can. I like to just think or read under a tree. When I’m outside here, I don’t feel any pressure. It’s a great feeling.

DanielI’ve been at Hanna for two years. I started when I was in 8th grade and now I’m a freshman. I’m on the JV basketball team but I am also into soccer, football and wrestling. I might even try out for the baseball team this year.

I came to Hanna because I got expelled from my old school for having drugs. I was just trying to be cool and fit in but instead it got me into big trouble. I really didn’t have any friends in public school. I feel nervous and uncomfortable around other people. I needed to find a better place to go to school.

The principal from my old school helped my parents find Hanna. From the moment I got here, I feel like I’m doing a lot better. I don’t feel as shy or overwhelmed with work. I’m feeling more positive about myself. I know I can accomplish great things. I can even make eye contact with people now! There are a lot of staff who I know really care about me and help me when I need it. And I am starting to make friends here.

I’m learning a lot. For example, I’m really interested in Japan. I already speak English and Spanish so I want Japanese to be my next language. At my old school I got to know a Japanese exchange student… he gave me an origami boat and a 100-yen bill. I still have them in my room. When I graduate from Hanna, my goal is to teach English in Japan.

The cool thing about Hanna is it helps each boy with what they need. For me that means learning how to be less nervous around people, meeting new people and starting conversations. I’m really glad I came.