Jerry, “The Assistant”
New to LWB Community this month is Jerry! Jerry is an eleven-year-old boy with cerebral palsy whom LWB has worked with for many years. In May 2006 LWB established our Believe in Me Changde School. Jerry was the most memorable child we met on that first trip; in fact, the group that went there still laughs today about how adorable and charming he was!
Our staff was trying to assess the children identified as students for the school and take photos of them. Jerry would grab a child in the room, stand them in front of the photographer, step back, and say “cheeeeeeeeze,” so we could get a picture. After the child was dismissed by Jerry, he would come over to where we were recording notes and check our work. During that visit he earned the nickname of “The Assistant.”
In the spring of 2007 another group from LWB went to visit the school once it had opened. Jerry snuggled into the lap of one of our volunteers, sweetly kissed her cheek, and then proceeded to show her some functions on her camera she didn’t know she had. This seems to be a recurring theme with Jerry. His natural curiosity and friendliness have afforded him the opportunity to make many international friends.
That fall we again visited the Changde school. One of our volunteers had been one of Jerry’s school sponsors since the school opened. She had closely followed his progress and was anxious to see the changes the school had made for him with her own eyes. He greeted her so excitedly and was a star at following classroom instruction (even though she was quite sure he secretly wanted to be “the assistant” once again). He worked well in small group instruction, followed directions, worked hard at the class project, and showed off his very good manners. Last summer another LWB volunteer brought some new teaching materials to the school. Jerry held her hand the whole day and was sweet and thoroughly interested in everything she did.
This friendly, helpful guy needs a home, and we are pleased that he now has the chance for that to happen! Some lucky family will be blessed to have this willing “assistant” as part of their lives!
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