Columbia, SC (WLTX) - On Thursday morning, Sandhills School in Columbia held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new high school.

Sandhills educators dedicate themselves to teaching students with learning disabilities like socialization problems, dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. Soon they will have a new place to do so.

"This has been a dream of ours for five years," said Anne Vickers, the Head of School.

Don't underestimate the power of a shovel, because with every dig, dreams are being built.

"Our school is unique because of our students. Our students learn differently, but they're bright and very capable students and we teach them the way they learn. Typically our students come to us without a lot of confidence and when they leave us, or after two weeks, we see a difference in the smiles on their faces."

One of those students is senior Elizabeth Brafford.

"I came here at the start of my high school career," explained Brafford. "I had a bit of trouble in middle school as far as socialization went and that affected my grades. Coming here, the small atmosphere and family vibe - it kind of helped me spread my wings. I've changed a lot and I'm very happy about that."

Come January, students like Elizabeth will have a new high school complete with a state of the art science lab and computer labs, seven classrooms, and a student lounge.

At the ceremony, students wrote what Sandhills means to them on rocks and then read them to the audience. Words included 'outstanding' and 'awesome'. The rocks will be used as coroner stones in the new building.

To educators the ceremony is not about digging dirt it's about having a place to build lives.

"When I first came here I thought my college career would be none," shared Brafford. "I thought I would have to go for a job that didn't require a degree. But now that I'm here I realize I can do whatever I set my mind to and I'm aiming high."

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