A World of Words
Now more than six decades later, Williams is back in the classroom learning to read with first graders. A teacher at Edison Elementary School in St. Joseph, MO, agreed to teach Williams to read and he now spends half of each day in her first-grade class. Although nervous at first, he says the kids have taken to him like he’s one of them.
This touching audio slide show by AARP is a profile of this 70-year old man who now reads at a third-grade level and hopes to earn his GED and eventually go to college. The story includes interviews with the teacher who took him under her wing and fellow first-graders.
Williams says he’s proud of himself and that he is proof that anyone can learn to read if they want to.
Photography and Audio: Mark T. Osler
Producer: Nicole Shea