Meet Isabelle, a student at the READ Center. At our 2018-2019 year-end celebration, Isabelle shared her story and her experience with READ. This is what she had to say:

“Good morning everyone. My name is Isabelle.

I moved to Richmond, VA from Rock Hill, SC in 1979 at age 11. I started the 4th grade at William Fox Elementary School. I was to move on to the 6th grade at Albert Hill Middle School, but I ended up dropping out of school at age 14. I wanted to get my GED; however, I knew that it would be very difficult. Ms. Carol Berndon, my social worker, suggested the READ Center in 2009. In 2012, I had to stop going to class in order to stay home to help my aunt. In 2013, I went back to class at the Main Library on Franklin St. In January 2019, I moved to the Cary St. location to Mrs. Jamison’s class. There I have accomplished many goals in Math, Reading, and Writing. The tutors and the students are very nice and understanding.

Mrs. Jamison has taught me that I can achieve anything that I want. She tells me not to say “I can’t”, but “I can”. Whenever I’m upset, she soothes me with her kind words. She always encourages me to do my best. Mrs. Jamison always puts a smile on my face whenever I walk in the door. This is why I look forward to coming to class.

Ms. Nausha has helped me more than she knows. She helps me out with getting transportation to class. She always listens to me whenever I need to talk. I am very grateful for her.

It’s hard for me to believe that I would have ever accomplished my goals. I am a recovering addict who has been clean for 7 years. I know that I didn’t do it by myself—it was the grace of God. It’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling. Now I know that if I continue all my hard work, I will be able to take my GED and pass it, so that I can further my education. My goal is to become a great nurse. I end this by saying “thank you to all”; and, I want you to know that it’s never too late to go back to school.”

Thank you, Isabelle, for courage and commitment.

For more information on how you can get involved with the READ Center, consider volunteering as a tutor or donating. If you or someone you know would like more information about joining our classes, learn how to become a student or call 804-288-9930.