Bleckley 4th Graders Hear Advice from OFTC Students | Schools
Oconee Fall Line Technical College Adult Education students in Bleckley County have been working on a slideshow presentation for 4th grade students emphasizing the value of education.
"We began this project for our Literacy Awareness Week in Georgia," said OFTC's Associate Dean of Adult Education Roger Byrd. "Educators have told us that the period between the fourth and fifth grade is when many students lose focus on school and opt for dangerous behaviors. Our students worked together to create a slideshow titled 'Voices of Experience' that teachers can use in the classroom that includes advice and experiences of adults who wish they had concentrated more on education when they were younger. Along with the slide show, a teacher guide has been prepared that tells the stories of some of our students in more detail."
"Though our students have regrets, they are on the right track now by focused on their education," continued Byrd. "Our College offers free adult literacy classes in eleven counties. We are here to help you find success."
Examples of the advice given to the students are below:
“I realized too late that school is not about my teachers or my parents. It is about me!”
“I wanted to be a doctor. I could have been one too. I wish I could get back the time I wasted.”
“Without an education, you have to put up with stuff. With an education you can stand on your own.”
“When the factory closed, I had no way to get another job. I had no education.”
“What I regret the most is knowing that I had the talent and I didn’t develop it.”
“Whether or not to get an education is up to you. No one can make you do it, but no one can take it away other than you. It was my choice, and I chose poorly.”
“I wish I could tell every young person what I know. Don’t learn it the hard way like I did. Education is life!”
For more information about FREE adult literacy classes in your area, visit www.OFTC.edu/AdultEd.