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Listen and Learn: Get Organized with Mentor Help from the Emily Shane Foundation
I am torn. My back is wrinkled. And I have been in this position much too long.
Why can’t my owner just be nice to me like everyone else’s?
Everyday, I get handed out at the end of class, and everyday I get shoved to the bottom of my owner’s backpack. Everyone else gets gingerly slid into a folder where they don’t have to worry about anything, but me? I get shoved to the bottom of the backpack, and left there.
Left there to think about how I don’t even know my owner’s name because he doesn’t care enough to put it on me. Left there to think about how all I want is to be completed. Left there to think about how when the clock strikes 9:00 am tomorrow, all the other homeworks get to be dropped in that ever so glorious turn-in basket.
What about me, you ask?
Well, sometimes I get lucky and my owner slips me into the recycling bin while everyone else is getting turned in, but usually, nothing. Usually, I just sit in here and wait to get thrown out.
Why does nothing happen to me, you ask?
Well you see, my owner is really not a bad guy. I don’t think he treats me this way because he likes to. I think he treats me this way because he just can’t really help it.
How do I know this, you ask?
Well as you could imagine, I have a lot of spare time on my hands, and with this time, I listen. I listen to everything that my owner does. I listen to him playing basketball with his friends. And I listen to him ride his bike home from school. Sometimes I even listen to him ask his family for help with me. And then I have to listen to all about why they can’t. So I started listening everywhere my owner took me, in hopes of finding someone that could help him with me.
One time I heard the homeworks in the turn-in basket talking about a place that helps owners like mine with their homework. A place where owners can learn to be successful from their very own mentors. A place called the Emily Shane Foundation. I heard these mentors even help with things like organization.
My owner could definitely learn a thing or two about that.
Maybe this mentor will even have a folder to put me in!
Hopefully with my help, and the help of his own mentor, my owner will finally be able to drop me into that beautiful turn-in basket!
Here's a picture of Adrian and his mom filling out some questionnaires at the beginning of the semester. Adrian's math grade was a D-, but now it is a B!