A new program of Frontier College emerged last September, one that I have personally watched blossom from nothing more than an intent, a small seed full of hope, to an entire entity, one that demonstrates without a doubt, how valuable and significantly supportive these incredible programs are.
In four months, the drop-in homework club at St. Andrew's Recreation Centre has grown from this seed, into an elegant flower as with each week that passes, more children come and more tutors are recruited. One learner, who had been attending since the program first emerged, came in one evening, sat down and opened up his books. He had such a curious look on his face, like he wanted to say something but was holding it back. He had a test the previous week in a subject that he had been struggling with, so we had been helping him with the material. I approached this young learner and invited him to share how he had done on his test. He smiled, glanced up at me and then shouted out, "I got my first hundred on a test ever!!!" His excitement exceeded any feeling that I have ever experienced.
He had accomplished something that he believed he could not. All he needed was the encouragement and a little practice. He did it, and he was so proud. I was so proud, and feel so fortunate to be able to be a part of the accomplishments that can be attained by these children, every day. It is truly an inspiration.
I look forward to watching this program continue to prosper, and produce these wonderful success stories that provide the intention of Frontier College literacy programs with results.
Frontier College volunteer in Halifax, NS
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