I WANT to say a big thank you to Elm Academy. The best way I can say it is with the help of our lovely Daily Echo team.

With respect and huge gratitude I would like to thank very much the Elm Academy team (teachers and everyone working there) for changing my daughter's life for the better. You have been patiently educating her and building her confidence. Also making her feel good about herself and happy, just like families do.

My 10-year-old daughter lost her daddy last Christmas.

It has been a difficult year for us. Like it is for everyone who loses a loved one.

We keep on going, me for my children and them for me.

It shouldn't be this way though. Every child deserves to be simply a child. Careless and crazy as children should be. Although Magdalena is my rock/support, I want her to feel like other children: not to worry about the grown-ups' day-to-day financial struggles etc. With fantastic support from school members, we do our best to build Magdalena up.

One of the many wonderful people there is her teacher. She knows that Magdalena is not as fearless and happy a child as we wish her to be. Miss is doing so much more for us by being there for her. Magdalena absolutely loves her. The kindness of everyone there keeps surprising me every day. That's beautiful dedication and I believe it also takes special human beings to do something like that just for one child.

I want her to know that she is my hero. But I want her to be a child. School helps with it without even me saying anything to them, as I didn't want to bother anyone. It's the school who have seen it and acted on it.

I will always be grateful for all your hard work and that you do not just go the extra mile, but many miles for us. I'm sure it will have a great impact on Magdalena's future.

I'm very very thankful to you all.

Happy New Year!

Magdalena's mum.

KAMILA ZELAZOWSKA

Carlton Road, Bournemouth