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The power of being positive

Fort Zumwalt East High Senior Bridgette Taucher believes in the power of a smile.

“I have learned that saying hello or smiling can brighten someone’s day,” Taucher said. “Being positive is a really great thing in life.”

A member of East’s varsity tennis team and National Honor Society, the senior was also co-captain of the color guard. But it was an avenue provided by the A+ Tutoring program that helped her set her course.

Recently profiled on the district’s Pushing for Positive Peer Influence webpage, Taucher said  A+ is how she found out about Community Access.

“I loved working with special education students so much that I took a study hall this year so I can volunteer in their classroom,” Taucher said. “Working with them is the highlight of my day.”

The senior also is taking advantage of an assignment in her Child Development 4 class to help her decide if she would like to become an early childhood special education teacher or a secondary special education teacher. Either way, she has some good advice for students just entering high school.

“Be yourself,” Taucher said. “Sometimes that’s harder than the academic stuff.

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