You can be helped
September 20, 2007
After reading some of the entries posted by other students, Pearlie and I began to discuss her own experience as a student at the June forum. Our discussion brought back memories from her childhood. Here are Pearlie’s thoughts as she described them to me:
As a child in school I struggled to keep up with the others in my class and was placed in a special-education class for kids who were taught life skills. I hated it because I felt like I didn’t belong there. I ended up leaving and I got a job. As an adult I always felt as though I was the only person my age who couldn’t read. I felt frustrated and embarrassed and felt as though I would never learn.
I now realize that all I needed was someone to work with me one-on-one. I wish I could have been in a literacy program earlier . . . I didn’t know how to get help. I want to thank and show my appreciation for the literacy center. At the DLC meeting I became emotional when I heard other people describing their own struggles and similar experiences.