Performed by Jose Joaquin Perez at Youth Communication's Holiday Party on December 17, 2008. Written by T. Shawn Welcome. This story originally appeared in the teen magazine New Youth Connections, May 1994. For more true stories by teens go to www.youthcomm.org
Summary: The author feels lost at his large, impersonal high school, and gets a reprieve at an alternative school where the students know and support each other, the classes are small and interactive, and the teachers are caring.