Transitioning For the Better

 In Camelot Blog

Some of Camelot’s biggest success stories come from our transitional programs. With Camelot’s help, kids who may have lost their way at a larger school get refocused on their educational priorities and over time are able to get on track and ultimately return to their original school and graduate.

Reginald (Reggie) Wade Jr. is a great example. He came to Camelot Academy of Escambia County in Pensacola, Florida in the 2012-2013 school year. He was just a middle school student at the time and as he now says, “on the path of destruction.”

“I admit, when I first got there I had to adjust to their programs, but I spent two years there and felt I came out much better than I went in,” he said during a recent visit.  “It was a great learning experience. I feel they helped instill character and transitioned our behavior.”

After attending Camelot Reggie refocused himself and enrolled at Pensacola High School. While in high School he was named to the AB Honor Roll for nine consecutive quarters, a member of the Varsity football team and a recipient of the African American Achievement award.

Reggie received a football scholarship to Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Mississippi, where he is currently a starting Linebacker.

“I learned a lot in the classroom at Camelot,” Reggie said. “I knew I had to excel if I wanted to get back into regular school. Otherwise, I knew I’d be sitting in the same slump.”

Reggie’s academic success continued with his college courses. He is currently a member of the National Honor Society and has been named to the Dean’s List for his first three semesters. Scheduled to graduate in December of 2018, Reggie will secure his associate’s degree in business and transfer to a four year university where he will pursue his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He wants to also complete a master’s degree before going into business for himself.

“(Camelot Academy Executive Director) Mr. Maxwell and his crew work very well with the kids, especially the ones who don’t really have anybody at home. They become a father figure to the kids, and help and guide them in their lives.”

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