June 21, 1999
This poem was written by Arnold Stewart from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Arnold has been in literacy since 1986. It has been very rewarding for him to learn to read and write. Most important to him is helping out other students to feel good about themselves and to better their reading, writing and math skills. Arnold is the national student representative for Laubach Literacy Canada from 1997-2000. He was student rep for Laubach Literacy Ontario (LLO) from 1992-1997 and has been Director on the Board of Administration of LLO from 1998-99. He has also been active with the Learners' Council of Literacy Link Niagara. Other accomplishments include : mentor to new student directors, active member of fundraising and publicity committee of LLO, co-moderator of the provincial discussion on Alphacom's "Learners' Clubhouse". Arnold has enjoyed being a guest speaker at basic tutor-training workshops across the province and a motivational speaker at student sponsored events.
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The earth is people in the government and the Laubach organization.
The seeds are the students that are placed in the earth.
The tutors are the raindrops that help those seeds grow.
The seeds become flowers of many beautiful colors and sizes,
And create the perfect garden.
A rainbow appears over the garden and at the end,
Is a pot of gold. This is Laubach to me.
[This poem was taken with permission from Literacy Connections, the national newsletter of Laubach Literacy of Canada, November 1998.]