Peter (age 35) came to us reading at the kindergarten level. Homeless, jobless, he also felt hopeless. Peter came to LIFT because he thought this might be better than hanging out down at the homeless shelter all day. He had no greater expectations.
Evan (age 64) told us they taught the ABCs at his school, but they didn't teach him because. they didn't want to mess with me. They just kept me out on the playground all day. My mama found out and took me out of that school. She kept me at home, in the house, because she was ashamed of me. But I've been coming to LIFT, and now I can read! See: I work in a laundry and I can read the labels like when to wash in cold water and (dramatic pause) when not to use bleach. So I don't get into trouble anymore. I like going to the library, and just getting books to learn. Someday I'm going to be very smart.
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I was moved to help with teaching at LIFT when I witnessed the wonderful courage & desire of adults seeking to learn to read. When working with the students I am almost moved to tears as I see them wrestle & win in their efforts to learn. What a fabulous program Prior to retirement I spent 40 years in education as a teacher & Head of four private schools (25 years). Helping at LIFT is among the most meaningful experiences of my life & I am grateful for the opportunity.
-- Dick Cadigan
Teaching at LIFT rocks! Teaching adults to read is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The inspiring LIFT students teach ME so much about courage and overcoming barriers . What a magical moment when a student tells me of being able to read a book to someone they love for the first time.
Teaching a LIFT class is a wonderful journey. Our class shares laughter, hard work and mutual support as we learn life lessons and to read along the way.
-- Jill Schilp
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