In My Words
Each year, the Florida Literacy Coalition collects essays from adult learners who participate in literacy programs throughout the state. The essays are published in a book, with each author receiving their own personal copy. In 2011, “In My Words” included essays written by participants in Miami-Dade Public Library System’s adult literacy program, Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade). The following essay was included.
To read more, visit http://www.floridaliteracy.org/essaybookhome.htm and download a copy of the book.
First and foremost I would like to thank Miami-Dade Public Library, Project L.E.A.D. and Mrs. Gail for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime helping me to becoming a better reader. Let me tell you the story of my life. I am 31 years old. I was ashamed about my reading skills growing up. People used to pick on me at school, make fun of the kids who were in special ed. classes. I used to run into the classroom so fast so no one could see me going in. It was hurtful having people telling you that your dumb and stupid, you will never do something with your life at the age 15 or 16. I would sit up in my bedroom, cry feeling bad about myself, having no confidence. I am tired about feeling low about myself, tired working low paying jobs, doing low labor work. I want something better for myself and my future.
My mom and my aunt told me about Project L.E.A.D. I have big dreams and goals. I want to try to get into school like technical school so I can work in horticulture with plants or maybe into college. One of my loves in life is sports. I would love to go to school for sports broadcasting, doing TV or radio. One more goal I have is to help someone like me so that they don’t have to feel ashamed about reading. Someone is out there to help you have a better life, a better future. It is not going to be easy. It will be hard, but it will be worth it. You will be so proud of yourself. Don’t ever give up on yourself.