It is hard to believe, but we have been in business for almost 16 years. Those years have gone very quickly. I’m not sure what our SPH has been but it’s pretty high! (SPH=Smiles Per Hour) Today, I stopped at a local business and as I was taking to the lady at the front desk, a young woman walked up to speak to someone else. She looked familiar but I was not totally certain who she was. Not wanting to interrupt either of our conversations, I remained silent. After she was gone, the lady with whom I was speaking confirmed that she was who I thought she was. Another former student, all grown up and making her way through adulthood.
A quick check of my records from the last 15+ years shows that we have worked with over 1200 students. Some of them have come and gone and come again over the years. Looking back through pictures for current and former students, I face a lot of questions. The main one is, “What are they doing now?” I have so many good memories of our students. My thanks goes out to all of the families who have allowed me to be part of the lives of their precious kids.
As the school year winds down and we move to our summer schedule, I am excited because I know some of last summer’s students will return and I’ll meet new students too. We have added several new students in the last two weeks and have a few more scheduled to start. If you would like to enroll your student for our summer program, feel free to contact me and we can get everything ready for a smooth transition.
I received another wonderful email last week:
I wanted to tell you what I heard from [my daughter’s] principle last week. I had heard this story from [my daughter], but to hear it the second time I knew it really happened! [My daughter] and her combined class of 7th and 8ith graders … apparently had some class time to catch up on any work they had. Another girl asked [my daughter] if she would help her study for a Math test. This young lady is Russian, English is NOT her first language. The teacher was so impressed with the way [my daughter] worked with her, that she shared it with the principle.
So, [my daughter] comes to The Freeman Center at 9 years old, because she was not doing well in Math (or Reading). I needed her to be up to the standards of The Centralia Christian School in that Fall of 2012. And now as an 8th grader, one of the teachers is amazed at [my daughter’s] ability in helping a student with the math that she learned as a 7th grader!! I give complete credit to you and the staff that has been with her through the time she has been there. Your methods of teaching and reaching kids has really come through with [my daughter]. She has confidence to help a fellow student. All last year, even though she was not coming to the center, [my daughter] would talk about how she knew that it was because of Mr. Freeman teaching her this or that.
I am also so very thankful that Mr. Keahey was able to have [my daughter] some for help in math. It was amazing to me that she went to school all week, I take her to tutoring for the first time in awhile, on a Friday afternoon and later, she came out to the car with a BIG smile on her face, happy to do math for an hour!! Wow! What can I say. A great teacher, spent that hour with [my daughter].
As I said before, I know without a doubt, that [my daughter] has benefited from going to The Freeman Center. Who knows, she may even want to become a teacher!
In March of 2007, this gentle Englishman came calling. For almost ten years he has been part of our teaching staff. Students often called him “Mr. D” which was just fine with him. We often hear comments such as: “I love his accent!”
John Dorland has decided to “retire” from teaching for The Freeman Center. He has been a great help for many students and he will be missed, though he has assured us that he will continue to bring books for our students as he finds them. His heart is still with our youth and to enrich their future through reading brings him great joy.
Thank you, John, for sharing your joy and skills with our students!