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An inmate’s thank you

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Dear Editor:Everyone deserves recognition for going out of their way doing kind thing for others in the community. I want to express my gratitude to Mrs., Margaret Maxwell, she currently teaches at the Colorado Mountain College here in Aspen, and on Tuesdays at 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. comes into the Pitkin County Jail and teaches G.E.D. Margaret has taught me since Dec. 2005. I shave struggled for years in trying to get my G.E.D., but failed because of my low self esteem, thinking 1 couldn’t get pass the essay part of the exam and always discontinued the course because of my fear of having to do an essay which is a crucial part of the G.E.D exam in order to get your certificate. Margaret started tutoring me back in December and since then I have seen a lot of accomplishment in myself I no longer have the fear of doing essays. I am now doing essay on different topics. I like to express my opinion and doing an essay allows me to do just that. The more I learn about essay and the mechanic of writing, I am confident that I can pass the G.E.D exam. By learning the mechanic in writing helps me in passing the essay part of the test, but it encourages me to go further, I always had a dream of writing my own biography, which I have been working on, but I didn’t have the skill of knowing my writing mechanic until now. I also want to thank Don Byrd, administrator for the Pitkin County jail, who allowed me to do my G.E.D course here in the jail – I had a lot of time in my hands and wanted to usethem wisely and so I wanted to complete something that I had put off. G.E.D was the one thing I wanted to complete in jail so I can walk out knowing I accomplished something good for myself. I hope Margaret will continue to come to the jail (after I am gone) and be allowed to teach other inmates who don’t have their high school diploma so they have my opportunity to a better career when they are ready to get out of jail, institutions and or prison. The learning structure Margaret has put me along with the texts book she is using I better understand the G.E.D. course.Margaret, thank you so very much for taking the time and coming into the jail, you bring in here your youthful energy, wonderful smile and patience. Because of you, I can come out of this learning something (my G.E.D) and start a career in hair and body therapy and finally start to finish writing my biography. On a personal note Margaret thank you for the journal you gave me for Christmas that has helped me in here more then you know.Jesus Andre LozanoPitkin County Jail, AspenPitkin County Jail, Aspen


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