Several months ago a friend approached me with an inspirational story. While delivering Meals on Wheels, she met a grown daughter who is assisting her mother in earning her GED certificate. The two ran into some difficulty when it came to the mathematics portion. Where is the inspiration? The woman working on her GED is 93 years old., albeit only 92 when I began tutoring her.
Marie Hill was born in February 1921. Due to the times, she was only able to attend school through the seventh grade. She's had no formal education since June 1934. Even so, this great-grandmother understands the value of education and wants to leave that legacy not only to the remainder of her family but to children everywhere.
Even while Marie and I continue to sharpen her math skills, a 106-year-old Ohio woman has just received her high school diploma. Although Reba May Williams had completed her classes for graduation, she was not allowed to graduate and receive her diploma because she refused to read a final book assigned by a teacher. The reason? She had read it once, did not like it and did not want to read it again.
Like Ms. Hill, Ms. Williams said she hopes current students realize that learning is important. Williams added that students probably should not follow her example.