When I talk to new grant recipients, I always ask questions that will help us get to know them better – favorite food, books, movies, music, etc. Sometimes it’s harder to pin down specific likes, especially with kids who are nonverbal, but when I asked Jennifer about Luke’s personality, she didn’t hesitate for a second.
“He loooooooves music. Sarah plays the ukulele and he scoots over to her real close, sits and watches, taps his hand on his leg, he just loves the beat,” she said smiling. “Oh! This is a cool story! He loves that song ‘Home’ by Phillip Phillips. Just loves it. So my husband’s family is from Albany, Georgia, which is where Phillip Phillips is from. Long story short, Phillip ended up talking on the phone to Luke one day, and it just made his whole face light up. Really nice guy.”