June 19, 2006
The following story was written by Loretta Compton, from Barrie, Ontario. Loretta's story below won her fifth place honours in the Laubach Literacy Ontario (LLO) writing contest. She is enrolled in literacy classes at the Barrie Literacy Council.
Before I came to the Barrie Literacy Council I had a very hard time reading and spelling hard words. I couldn't even understand them. I would just give up and not try at all. The Barrie Literacy Council helps me with spelling hard words, reading, math, skills, grammar and computers.
They helped me do a resume so I can get a good job so I can get things that I need. I'm very glad that I found the Barrie Literacy Council. I like to let other people know that the Barrie Literacy Council can help others if they need it. I learn a lot because I really try hard at what I do. So some day I can teach children to read and write stories and teach them how to do sentences, math, grammar, spelling, computers, and games skills in the proper language. Also to teach them that bad words are not proper words to use anywhere and to treat others, as you would like to be treated. Also to teach them how to write poems and other things like I do. I like others to have the same chances as I have to learn things for myself. I have a plan to go for my high school diploma, not for anyone but for myself. It's very important to me.
I never got one when I graduated from high school.
[This story was taken with permission, from the Barrie Literacy Council website, under Student Writings.]