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Jerutha Pratt appreciates all the volunteer teachers who help her at reading class, but has especially connected with Debbie Epperson (at board). Through the class, Pratt and Epperson have formed a friendship and consider each other family.


Work was no different. She recognized what people wanted


from her. She worked on circuit boards for nearly 28 years, doing the fine wiring between components. She didn’t know anything about circuit boards when she started, but she figured out what to do on the job. “Once you’ve learned the routine, everything else falls in line.


You’ve got to put yourself in a position to grow.” In many ways, Pratt said, she’s the same as many other people. They may be able to read, but they are pretending to know something they truly don’t. They’re learning on the job, acquiring knowledge as they go. “There’s a bunch of people in the world faking it,” she said.


A student again A few weeks after meeting Cheryl Williams, director of


the Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood, outside Walgreens, Pratt started class. It meets twice a week for two hours at a time.


Students spend much of the time going through a workbook with a video course on a television. Facts, rules and questions come quickly, but Pratt keeps pace, responding aloud when appropriate and writing notes.


When the volunteer teachers see Pratt having trouble with parts of a lesson, they’re there to help. “When my teachers see me fumble with it, they immediately go to the board and explain it to me,” she said. “They take the time out to catch me back up. When I go home, if I can’t figure some- thing out I call them at their house. They’re always there for me.” Pratt speaks highly of all three of her teachers, but she has


particularly connected with Debbie Epperson. The two converse like old friends. They care about each other and are there for one another. “We have a special bond,” Pratt said. “It’s like a friend, a mother and a pal. And don’t mess with the bond. Every time I dial the number, she’s there to support and help me. Even when I say something that isn’t even close to being right, she’s supportive


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