Lee County- Claire Bernard and Andrew Miller have a lot in common. They are fourth graders at Lee County Elementary, and both have had hearing impairments since birth.
Their teacher, Eileen Habermann, says each day they dispel the common stereotype of kids with special needs. Claire dreams of becoming a teacher. She says Miss Habermann and Andrew give her constant support.
Claire's mother, Karen Bernard, says her daughter won't let anything keep her from making her dreams come true.
Lee County Primary Second graders, Jess Ellis and Trey Bagley, are best friends. Trey's father is glad his son is not treated like he is different, while he gets the attention he needs.
Special Education Director, Cathy Wooten, says Trey, Jess, Claire and Andrew are also helping their peers grow and learn. These kids will continue to inspire, teach and motivate others to never let their dreams dies.
The Lee County hearing impaired program was created five years ago.