June 12, 2000
This week, we have a story written by Bob Furlotte, from Bathurst, New Brunswick. Bob was raised in a small village named Durham Centre. He worked for Brunswick Mining and Smelting in Belledune for 23 years. He is now remarried and living in Bathurst. Bob's present job is with Downtown Bathurst Revitalization Corporation. This seasonal job has now allowed him to return to school, where is attending the Bathurst Adult Learning Centre CASP (Community Academic Services Program).
The weather not being at its best, and personally knowing that the school term was coming to a close made it a difficult week for me.
I was showing some interest but the thought of not having the same students back for next year's term made it a bit difficult to cope with and knowing there is a new facilitator coming next fall and some different classmates will certainly be a new beginning; getting to know them and trying to become the close knit family that I felt we had this year is what makes it difficult.
I know I will miss my teacher and each and every one of my classmates. What I must now focus on is my wife, children and grandkids, my job, and then take a positive step and return to school to meet my new teacher and classmates.
I will, however, have a place in my heart for each and every one in this nice little family setting of our classroom. I certainly will miss them all.
[This story was taken with permission, from The Learning Times, December 1999, published by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick.]