Daniel, Literacy

Hi! My name is Daniel Scott

My life was a struggle everyday before I came to P.A.L.S. I couldn’t read signs or the menu or the bus schedules. With my kids I couldn’t read to them and I couldn’t even play a board game with them.

A lot of jobs require reading and writing skills and using computers. Most times I just didn’t have the ability and they wouldn’t hire me. One job they actually fired me.

I heard about P.A.L.S. and I just had a feeling it would be the right place to get help. Every one was friendly and they got me a tutor named Lisa right away. She’s awesome.

We have been working together about 2 ½ years. We started at a low level and now I am reading at a junior high level. I can read novels and magazines. I can work with manuals and instructions on the computers. I can research things on the internet and figure out how to fix things independently.

I can read written material by myself and not struggle with letters or government paperwork like parking and speeding tickets. I don’t appreciate those much but now I can read them and deal with them. I feel a lot more confident. I used to feel awkward and kind of ashamed. I haven’t felt that way for along time now. I can read things quickly now and figure out what needs to be done. It’s real freedom for me.

Working on learning to read was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. The higher the level the more challenging it got but I learned how to focus and study and was able to do it. That will help me with my future plans. Now I want to do my GED and maybe move into working with security. The world and the possibilities open up for you when you can read.

If you can’t read and are unsure what to do, talk to P.A.L.S. Don’t worry about feeling awkward. They will be nice to you and can really help. I am proud of what I have done here and glad that I made the right step to come to P.A.L.S.

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