We are delighted to bring you an update on a charming twelve-year-old boy named Charlie. In January we reported that Charlie was on the waiting child list. Our China Education Director, Yvonne, met him and had nothing but praise for this bright and eager boy (See “A Big Year for Charlie”).
Until 2011, Charlie had never had the opportunity to attend school due to his circumstances in life and his special needs (his left arm is not as strong as his right, and he is also missing toes). Since beginning in LWB’s Education Program, however, he has been quite successful. He has learned to write several more Chinese characters including “I,” ” love,” “hold,” “mom,” and “dad.” He can also write simple sentences. Charlie continues to prefer his language lessons over other subjects, yet still finds reciting poetry to be his favorite classroom activity.
In addition to academics, Charlie continues to produce artwork and particularly enjoys painting. He also likes to sing. In fact, Charlie took the stage in a variety show in which he and his classmates sang a song, “Love Me, Hug Me!”
Charlie’s skills and interest in math have grown in recent months. He can count and write numbers up to 20. He computes addition and subtraction with numbers up to 20 as well. Although his academic skills continue to grow and improve, Charlie’s teachers would like him to answer questions more frequently.
Another highlight for Charlie this summer was his birthday party. He and his friends celebrated at a backyard gathering and really enjoyed themselves. Since Charlie is described as “cheerful,” “brave,” and “lively,” it’s easy to imagine a party in his honor would be a happy event.
Charlie meets the challenges of learning new lessons with a smile on his face. We have a feeling that his charming, courageous, and optimistic nature would make him a wonderful son!
(Charlie and three friends are still in need of Education sponsors. Please visit their sponsorship site to learn more.)
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