“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.” –Jim Rohn
Yesterday the miracles began. It was the first day of school at Horizonte, Salt Lake City School District’s alternative high school and adult education provider.
It takes caring, committed, inspired and prepared teachers to resonate with and ignite desirous, teachable students. The teachers, based on my observation, are all caring, committed and experienced. They’ve shown lots of inspiration based on words of appreciation from past students. Their preparation, based on student classroom engagement, has begun enthusiasticly.
It also takes teachable students. At Horizonte, where formerly unsuccessful traditional high school students are referred or chose to begin anew, there’s better than a 50 percent chance, based on the graduation percentage, of the caring teachers motivating willing students.
In the case of adult high schoolers, all volunteers, the percent of miracles (teachers inspiring students to achieve and sustain their best) per student increases. They are at Horizonte after years of minimum wage life, are refugees or immigrants. They know a high school diploma is the absolute minimum of educational attainment for the American life they seek.
All of them know or will soon learn that Horizonte provides post high school financial assistance, scholarships, funds for books and fees, that they no where else could attain. Of all those living in poverty and yearning for a way out, they represent the most likely to soon ascend to higher socio-economic circumstances.
Horizonte financial help is sustaining and college-perpetuating the many high school educational miracles wrought by Horizonte teachers with students.
“When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” –Helen Keller