Paige Elliott spends time with students at the Meyer Center. (Oct. 16, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
At the Meyer Center is a young woman who knows the place changed her life - and now she is helping change others lives.
These days, Paige Elliott travels the halls of the Meyer Center as an employee.
"I interned here in college. And about 16 months ago, our social work director needed an assistant, so she called and offered me a job," Elliott said.
But years ago when she was about the age of many students, Elliott started her journey of learning to walk, talk and thrive.
"I began attending when I was about 18 months and stayed until I was 6 years old," Elliott said.
Elliott has a special bond with these kids, and even some of her former teachers are still here.
"It's nice to interact with them," said Elliott. "I go to therapy groups, field trips, see them in the hallway and they give me hugs and it's great."
Elliott was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was a baby. Her parents worried about what her future would hold.
"When I came here, my parents were told I probably would never walk, I wouldn't be able to communicate very well and when I left I was doing all of those things," Elliott said. "I just basically use my wheelchair for long distances."
She knows first-hand how the Meyer Center and its early childhood education program makes a difference in many lives every year. About 100 children attend the Meyer Center and get the chance to experiment and explore, increase their knowledge and attend therapy under one roof.
And that's why Elliott said she's looking forward to what lies ahead for herself and these children - in a place where they like to say they see miracles every day.
"The kids are great and it's just fun, giving them somebody to look up to, somebody they can relate to I guess," Elliott said. "It's been nice to kind of give back, go full circle."
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