My name is Chloe Sutterfield. I am 15 years old. I go to school at King William high school. I play a lot of sports like soccer and football, I do football with River City buddyball. I do soccer with Sportable. This past year I was the youth female athlete and was put in the Sportable hall of fame. I also ski with Therapeutic Adventures.
Happy 12th Birthday to our son
We love you as big as the whole sky
You are the kindest soul, unable to lie
You are so sweet, so funny , so kind and pure
My parents came to the United States from Korea in the early 1960s to further their education. We moved often in my early years following their places of study and employment. While living in inner city Chicago in the early 1970s, it was rare to see Asians. Even though I spoke English fluently, I remember being teased often in elementary school and being stared at by strangers as if I were from another planet because I looked different.
Our “Whoo” for January is Claire Foster.
Claire Foster is a 19 year old student at Mills Godwin High School in Henrico County. She also attends Highland Springs Technical Center where she is in her second year of the Early Childhood Development Program. Prior to attending Henrico County Schools, Claire attended Northstar Academy, a private school for students with a wide range of disabilities, for twelve years. Claire’s first love is singing, dancing and acting—she has performed in over 12 shows with Richmond CYT/CharacterWorks. She has also participated in shows and one act competitions with Chesterfield Children’s Theater as well as three LIVE ART productions with SPARC. She performed in her high school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors and was recently inducted into Godwin High’s thespian society. In addition to theater, Claire is involved with the young adult group at her church, West End Assembly of God, as well as the Richmond and West End branches of Young Life/Capernaum. She was a 2014 delegate to the Youth Leadership Forum sponsored by the Partnership for People with Disabilities and attended the I’m Determined Summit for youth with disabilities in 2012. She loves dogs, Disney, Broadway and hanging out with her friends.
This month, we are highlighting my “why” . This is our son Marky. I was going to prompt him and tell him what to say and to share that he was Autistic, then , I changed my mind.
I asked him to introduce himself to the camera so all of our friends could meet him
This is what he had to say: