“I have more confidence at school. I am more confident about my reading and I don’t get as nervous when I have to read in class,” says Melanie.
Judy couldn’t be prouder of Melanie’s progress and says having a trained reading buddy made all the difference.
“I thought initially for her age group she wasn’t reading at the level she should be at. But in just the first two or three weeks of the program, I could see an improvement,” says Judy. “Andrea was amazing … she was so good at guiding her.”
As Melanie excitedly awaits her next big step, Judy is overcome with gratitude that Smith Family sponsors and supporters have given her daughter the chance to realise her potential.
“We wouldn’t be where we are with Mel if it wasn’t for The Smith Family … the pressure is off. We are now relaxed and focus more on her schooling than worrying about what I’m going to feed her or how I’m going to clothe her,” says Judy.
“Knowing Melanie, she will embrace high school and go forward with leaps and bounds.”
Judy with her daughter Melanie