free man

For the past 7 years, we've been present and teaching in the Maximum Security Prison. Tonyo was an adult learner (First Grade literacy level) when we started, He's the go-to guy of our class. He prepares our merienda, runs around to look for missing students (in case they're sick) and makes us laugh by "announcing the menu in English" where he always had trouble w/ the word 'shrimp.' But we never had shrimp, he just liked to make us laugh.  Tonyo, a 3rd grade drop out and young ex-criminal - asked me once in 2008 to pin his medal when he got 2nd honors on his 4th grade level. (I think it was.)  Having skipped a lot of Wednesdays recently due to traveling, hospital care of and eventual passing of my Aunt, &  storms, I wasn't present when he got his High School Accreditation and Equivalency Test result. (He passed.) So we had our own private ceremony yesterday w/ a few of the inmates whom he considers family.  I saw Tonyo re-learn how to read in 2007, slightly embarrassed but set on wanting to learn - despite. Look at him today.  If freedom is mostly in the mind- Tonyo here is the free-est man I know. #RockEdPhilippines #RockTheRehas

For the past 7 years, we’ve been present and teaching in the Maximum Security Prison. Tonyo was an adult learner (First Grade literacy level) when we started, He’s the go-to guy of our class. He prepares our merienda, runs around to look for missing students (in case they’re sick) and makes us laugh by “announcing the menu in English” where he always had trouble w/ the word ‘shrimp.’ But we never had shrimp, he just liked to make us laugh.
Tonyo, a 3rd grade drop out and young ex-criminal – asked me once in 2008 to pin his medal when he got 2nd honors on his 4th grade level. (I think it was.)
Having skipped a lot of Wednesdays recently due to traveling, hospital care of and eventual passing of my Aunt, & storms, I wasn’t present when he got his High School Accreditation and Equivalency Test result. (He passed.) So we had our own private ceremony yesterday w/ a few of the inmates whom he considers family.
I saw Tonyo re-learn how to read in 2007, slightly embarrassed but set on wanting to learn – despite. Look at him today.
If freedom is mostly in the mind- Tonyo here is the free-est man I know.
#RockEdPhilippines
#RockTheRehas

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