Over the next few weeks, BelPres Missions will be sharing stories of the nine seniors scheduled to graduate from Eastside Academy this June. Here is Kylie’s story.
My first experience with drugs happened with my older brother and his friends when I was in seventh grade. Getting high was the way my brother and I bonded. It wasn’t long before I was getting suspended from school for skipping class and fighting with other girls.
By the time I entered eighth grade, I had become self-destructive. My relationship with my parents was not good. I started sneaking out, going to parties, and using more drugs. My first year of high school I was in an unhealthy relationship, and when it ended, I stopped going to school all together. Things got worse, and I ran away from home. For the next few months I was mostly sleeping on the streets of Ballard.
When my parents finally found me, they took me to rehab down in Oregon. After completing rehab, a family friend suggested Eastside Academy. I was not looking forward to coming here at first, but I gave it a chance and found out just how good this school was for me.
At Eastside Academy, I don’t just feel like a number—I feel really cared for. This school gives me all the help I need. Before coming here, I always struggled with academics, but now I have one of the highest GPAs in the school! It feels like a family here, and I love how all the students encourage each other to take their sobriety seriously. I don’t think I would be sober right now if it weren’t for this school.