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Where every student gets a lift

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A unique school in Pinellas County has a mixture of traditional learning students and those with special needs. The school is doing so well it was recently honored by community leaders. Lift Academy is "What's Right with Tampa Bay."

There are a lot of happy kids at Lift Academy in St. Petersburg, a small school that's the brain child of Kim Kuruzovich.

It stands for Learning Independence For Tomorrow.

What makes Lift Academy so special is the classrooms? Grades kindergarten through 12th grade are filled with both traditional students and those who need a little extra attention.

"We really do reach out to every student -- neuro-diverse and typical -- and set the standards high," said Principal Kim Kuruzovick.

And the kids are thriving. Michael Wheeler is an 8th grader at Lift. He says he finally has found a school where he fits in.

"I was bullied a lot each grade I go to. I been to multiple schools, it kept happening over and over again, even with the teachers at one point. And this even hasn't happen once here," Wheeler said.

Dan Grigg teaches world history at Lift. He feels the environment at the school is special.

"I think there is an atmosphere of love here. Really, there is a lot of mutual support," Grigg said.

This not-for-profit school has even attracted the attention of the community. Mrs. Kuruzovich was recently honored as a Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero for all she and the faculty are doing for the kids.

Morgan Mondella is in 11th grade and sees it first-hand.

"It's a great learning environment and the teachers take their time with all the students and everybody gets the help that they need," Morgan said.

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