Danny and Destiny's Story

From Preschool to Kindergarten and Beyond

Danny and Destiny Knicely are ready to take a big step.  They are going off to kindergarten after more than three years attending preschool at the Barber National Institute.  Dad and mom say they are ready!  

“I’m amazed to look back at where they were then, and where they are now,” said their father, Daniel Knicely. “Being able to see how much progress they’ve made in such a short period of time, and it would not have been able to be accomplished without the Barber National Institute.  They would never have gotten it anywhere else.”

The Knicely twins were among more than 240 students from 22 area school districts attending classes at the Elizabeth Lee Black School at the Barber National Institute. The youngsters were in the Happy Hearts inclusive preschool, where they worked on developing communication skills through sign language and assistive devices.

Happy Hearts Inclusive Preschool