October 11, 2010
The following story was written by James Forde, from Pointe-Claire in Quebec. James is enrolled in literacy classes at Literacy Unlimited, in Pointe-Claire.
I want to shout the good news your way. I found a solution from remaining illiterate. I know you, the read, are feeling that you’re in the same boat too, but I have found a way out. I will tell you that I went back to school. It was right for me. I was 48 years old but believed that school would teach me the basics. I felt that I could slowly grow and learn to read and write. I’m staying in school and having a good time because I have a good teacher. He uses his red pen a lot, but makes me do better. It’s hard seeing all of the corrections because of the use of his red pen. I hope one day I will throw away the red pen, and all my words will be correct. That will be a great day for me, and I will jump for joy because I spelled all the words correctly by myself.
[This story was taken with permission, from 2009 Recognition Awards for Adult Literacy - Submissions, p.10 - published by Literacy Volunteers of Quebec (LVQ) and a partnership of Quebec adult education organizations.]