May 14, 2012
This week, we have a story written by Holly Saunders, from Fall River, Nova Scotia. Holly is enrolled in literacy classes at the Bedford Sackville Learning Network.
My name is Holly Saunders. I am 65 years old, married with four children and eighteen grandchildren. I am not happy that I only went to grade eight. When my children were growing up, I would not help them with their homework. As my grandchildren were growing up I decided to do something about it. One of my daughters asked me if I was interested in going back to school. I said yes of course. She called the school and I entered. It was the best move I ever made in my life. I met the teachers; they interviewed me and asked me what I would like to do. I said write a book one day. I went and did my upgrading. I am planning to do my GED; however, I still have more math to complete. I am focused on writing at this point. My family were surprised when I went back to school. So far, all my grandchildren have graduated. One is going to be a doctor. I am so proud of them and I would like to be able to understand what they are talking about. They are all doing very well. I talk to people every day about our school. Some think you are too old to learn. I am so proud of myself and with the help of the wonderful teachers, I am able to write my book and hope to have it finished sometime in June of this year. It's never too late to learn. When my book is finished, I will finish my math and go for my GED. People say, "When will you be finished school?" I said: "Probably when I am one hundred, there is always so much to learn." I cannot thank my school enough. It's just another dream come true.
[This story was taken with permission, from The Learning Beacon, Issue 7, September 2011, under Student Writing.]