April Board Meeting Includes Performance from Venture Academy Choir and Special Message from Esperanza Student

Venture Academy Choir

At the Tuesday, April 16, Board of Education meeting, the Venture Academy Choir performed and attendees heard from special guest, Jackson Brodowski.

Directed by Mrs. Carmen Coindreau Gonzalez, the adult students took center stage, delivering an energetic performance of songs that showcased their diligent preparation and remarkable skills. Since its inception in 2022, the Venture Academy Choir has been a beacon of dedication and talent within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s Adult Transition Program.

Under the nurturing guidance of Ms. Gonzalez, Venture Academy Choir students have embarked on a journey of musical discovery, honing their vocal skills, perfecting melodies, and embracing the joy of collective harmony. And this choir isn’t just about singing; it’s a testament to the program’s commitment to growth. As part of the Adult Transition Program, students are empowered with practical life skills and encouraged to thrive independently within their community. Through the medium of music, these choir members learn the importance of collaboration, resilience, and the transformative power of artistic expression.

Following their performance, fellow students, employees, loved ones, and community members gave the choir with a hearty round of applause and a standing ovation. It was a great celebration of the remarkable journey and unwavering spirit of the Venture Academy Choir, where every note resonates with passion, perseverance, and the promise of a brighter future.

April Board Meeting

Later in the meeting, Esperanza High School junior Jackson Brodowski delivered a special message full of inspriation and themes of hope, determination, and dreaming big. Members of his family and Esperanza’s football program were in attedance to support him. An excerpt from Jackson’s message can be read below.

Good evening Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District family! I am so excited (and a little nervous) to stand here today. I am Jackson Brodowski, a junior at Esperanza High School. I am determined, hardworking, committed, and fun. I also happen to have been born with Down syndrome. But let me tell you, that does not define me, and it does not limit what I can achieve.

I can do almost anything when I set my mind to it. I can read. I can spell. I can do Math. I weld. I play football. I run track. I can ski. I can ride a bike. I can drive a 4-wheeler. I can even bench 156 pounds! 

While it may take me a little longer to learn some things, Istart everything knowing I can do it. I am successful because of the support of my classmates, teachers and administrators who believe in me, and because of my family, who have been my rock, helping me build my strong foundation.

When teachers believe in me, I can achieve remarkable things. I excel when expectations are high! Right now, my favorite subjects are Manufacturing, Language Arts, and U.S. History. I am very interested in the study of wars and the lessons they teach us about resilience and courage. I think I know a little about both.

Jackson Brodowski, Esperanza High School Junior

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