What I've Learned So Far From the Henry Huffman Institute
by Ruben Dozal, Jr.
-excerpt taken from a collection of his poetry
I learned how to set goals in life so that I can improve on my working to achieve them.
I learned that communication is a big stepping-stone to the opening of the mind. I also learned that through communication the power of information is so overwhelming to the good of the mind itself.
I learned that time does not sit still and the wonders of the mind do not rest either.
I learned that the preparation of a presentation is essential if you want to be heard.
I also learned that brainstorming among ourselves is very useful for all.
I learned that a presentation of any subject without proper preparation would not be as good as one that you have prepared for.
I also learned that as I keep reading and talking to people the words are easier to read and speak, without being embarrassed yes it is.
I learned that the votes of a few can determine the life of all tomorrow.
I have learned to talk about anything or any subject that comes into mind if I know something about it.
My hunger is knowledge and my thirst is not to thirst for the words of choice. And be able to say them well so all may understand them.
I see the Learners' Council is the right step in improving the Reading Program. But I also feel a need to invite some learners to sit in meetings or to have meetings at their place of learning and who knows, we might learn something from each other, but only by trying it will we know.
I would let them choose a person in their group, but by the learners themselves, and a second just in case something happens to the chosen one that will also attend the meetings.
I think that the council should be together for at least one year and at that time the whole council be chosen to carry on.
We should also set up an advisory board from the old council members so that we can still work hand in hand with the new council for the good of the learners.
We should hold on to what we learned fresh in our minds and keep adding the fuel of knowledge with the fuel of the heart so that tomorrow learners will not be afraid to try.
Ruben is a published poet and author. His book, My Dad's Thoughts: Bits and Pieces of Life, is available from Rosedog Books at http://www.rosedogbookstore.com.