This year, we have asked out students to write their stories. We are going to periodically post them for you to hear from them in their own voice. They want to be heard! For some, we have changed their names to offer them some degree of anonymity. Thus, we have noted these stories with an asterisk (*). For others, they do not mind you knowing who they are and the struggles they have endured in becoming who God has ordained them to be. You will hear from students in various phases of our program. The grade levels are evident in their writing, but we did not want to take away from the authenticity of them explaining themselves in their own words. This is Roxzane’s story.
When I was in grade 1, I was very lazy, I did not want to do my work. I thought that school was for playing and meeting friends; so, I let other kids do my work for me. When I was in grade 3, I decided to be better than the other children. I knew that I could do my own work and I really wanted to try. I studied harder and to my surprise, I became better and better. I was so happy! My mom and dad were also happy with my improvement and they were so proud of me.
When I was in grade 1 I felt like I didn’t want to go to school. I was at home a lot of times, but when I was in grade 2, my mind became bigger and better. I was still wasn’t in school very much, but I did learned and listen even if I wasn’t in school. I didn’t want to go to school, but I still wanted to learn.
If I wasn’t in school I would ask someone who was in school what they did. Then, I would do it too. When I showed up for school the next day, the teacher would ask me where I got the work. I would tell her I got it from my friend and she would ask me if I copied and I would say no. Then I would say she just told me what work to do. Then the teacher was very happy with me, and she gave me a gold star. I loved getting gold stars! Then, the other children would be mad because they did not get a gold star and I would put the gold star at the front of my head. I would walk around the school and the children would ask where I got the gold star, and I would tell them about my work that I did in class. Then at the end of the school year, I will pass and go to the next grade and I would also do well and it was like that every day and year. I passed every grade.
Then, an amazing thing happened! My teachers told me that I should try to be in the Learning Center. The Learning Center is only for the kids who are the most clever. I never thought that I could do it! I took the test. I was surprised when I passed. Then, I was nervous. I had to interview to get in. I never did an interview before. So, I went to talk to Michael and Ms. Terblanche. It wasn’t so scary. They asked me questions about myself and my work. Then, I waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, Michael called me from my class and I was in! It felt good like wearing 100 gold stars on my forehead!
Now that I am in, the work is hard, but it is making me smarter. One day, I will make my teachers, my parents, and everyone proud of me because I will reach my goals if I keep working hard.