Pictured Above: Student of Distinction Spence Oram is joined by family as well as BOCES administrators and Board members after receiving his awards at a Kathonah-Lewisboro Board of Education meeting on Feb 2. (From L to R): BOCES Board Trustee Mary Cay Nilsen, John Oram, Elspeth Oram, Simon Oram, Emma Oram, Gavin Oram, Elizabeth Oram, Spencer Oram, Mackenzie Oram, Pines Bridge Teacher Jessica Fytros, Pines bridge Principal Csilla Mate and PNW BOCES Director of Special Education Shelley Fleischmann.
While Spencer Oram is known by his teachers for his great sense of humor and contagious laugh, it was Spencer’s hard work and progress at the Pines Bridge School that earned him the honor of being named a PNW BOCES Student of Distinction for February.
Spencer was honored at a recent Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education meeting where he was presented with a certificate of recognition and a medal of honor by his teacher of three years, Jessica Fytros.
“Over the time we’ve worked together I’ve really gotten to know Spencer and I’ve watched him grow into the wonderful young man you see here tonight,” Fytros said. “Spencer loves to come to school each morning and will often greet teachers with a wave, a smile or a vocalization. He is very social and loves to interact with his classmates as well.”
Fytros continued to praise Spencer, citing his many personal accomplishments.
“Spencer has grown tremendously in his communication skills and his ability to express his needs and wants,” Fytros added. “He is always eager to volunteer for a turn by raising his hand, and is a very hard worker on various tasks that span from literacy to helping to sell clementines for our classroom fruit stand. He has a great love of books, both listening to them and reading them to his classmates with the help of technology. Spencer has made so much progress during this time at Pines Bridge and I am excited to see how far he will go.”
“I am so happy to be here tonight. Thank you so much for having me,” Spencer said, using an assistive speech device.
Elizabeth Oram, Spencer’s mother, spoke highly of Spencer’s time at Pines Bridge.
“Spencer has had a terrific time there. He has had Jessica as his teacher for a while and she’s just wonderful,” she said. “It’s terrific because BOCES also offers summer school, so he doesn’t lose the progress he has made throughout the year. He has all of his occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy there and they have the pool, which he loves -- he absolutely loves being in the pool.”
What’s more, Mrs. Oram said PNW BOCES has helped make Spencer’s home life easier in many ways.
“The things that BOCES has been able to bring to our attention, for example, they’ve started using bikes with him, and now we’ve got a bike at home,” Mrs. Oram said. “We’ve also learned about new equipment we can incorporate at the house, which is helping him to walk at home, and it’s been great. The first time his sister saw him walk at home, well, it was really something special.”