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This week Alta is throwing it
back to an interview conduct-
ed with Alta student Vincent
Valentine in 2013. Vincent
joined Alta in September 2010
at the Assumption RC Church
Parish Hall, beginning as a
Level 1 student. From the first
class he was an enthusiastic
student, really excited about
learning to read.
His positive attitude, regular
attendance and consistent effort
ensured that he was promoted to
Level 2 after the first year. Despite
having to repeat Level 3 a couple
times to ensure he understood all
the concepts, Vincent remained
enthusiastic, eventually moving
on to Alta's Spelling Programme.
Today Vincent shares his story
through this interview.
Vincent, tell us your story.
Well I'm 47 and I joined Alta
course in 2013 through Miss
Romany. She is an Alta teacher
from Maraval, and she told me
about Alta. I learn plenty from
the Alta, like reading, spelling,
writing, even the basic phonics.
The basics -- I learned that from
Alta and today I could read and
write and spell.
At what stage did you leave
I used to live in South, and I
leave school at Form One. And I
come to Maraval and I really never
get myself back into school.
So from the time you left
Form 1 to a year ago, you
couldn't read or write at all?
At all. I only knew a couple
What did you do after you
left Form 1. What kind of work
were you doing?
Well, I come and do agriculture,
gardening, planting in Maraval.
And now I have my little ice cream
business, homemade ice cream in
What was life like before
coming to Alta?
Well, it was a little pressure.
Sometimes you get a form to fill
out and you cannot full it out and
you have to leave with the form to
go home to get help. But as I going
through to Alta now, I could fill
out a form now on my own. Once
when I was passing in a taxi, I
watch a word and remember what
I learn in the phonics and I could
pronounce the word. Like Pen-
ta, you could break it down into
syllables. I'm still going through
it. I'm looking for passes. I'm not
Tell us about the first day
that you went to Alta.
Well, the first day I went to Alta
I was nervous. Miss Romany from
Maraval, an Alta teacher, she took
me upstairs by myself and she give
me a rundown on some words and
she notice that I know some and
I do not know some. She put me
in Level One which is my teach-
er here Marlene, and she's a very
good teacher. She teach very good
you know and she teach you how
to break down words into sylla-
bles. At Alta they give you phonics
after phonics, every day you get
What would you tell persons
out there who want to come to
Alta but are afraid?
I always tell anybody interested
in the Alta to come and join. It's
for you and for you to learn and
you could help your children also.
Don't be embarrassed!
Are you able to pick up a
I buying newspapers every day,
morning and evening - even self
you can't read it. I don't rush the
reading. I take my time and say it
out and I actually know it, how to
read. I mightn't be at the highest
point, but I will get there.
Reading is about
not giving up
Adults aged 16 and over can regis-
ter at public libraries on Septem-
Alta classes starting the following
week. Students should go to the
library near to where they would
like to attend a class. Classes are
two hours long, twice a week on
evenings after working hours or
during the morning.
Oprah Winfrey is headed to the
supermarket aisle with her own
line of refrigerated soups and side
The media mogul teamed up with
food giant Kraft Heinz to launch the
line, after creating a joint venture
earlier this year.
The new brand, called O, That's
Good!, will offer comfort foods with
added vegetables, such as mashed
potatoes with cauliflower mixed in.
Kraft Heinz Co said yesterday the
new brand has no connection to Win-
frey's deal with Weight Watchers
and won't mention the weight loss
program on its packaging. Winfrey
bought a ten per cent stake in Weight
Watchers two years ago and appears
in its ads.
The Oprah-branded soups and side
dishes will come to some supermar-
kets this week and be available na-
tionwide by October. (AP)
Oprah-branded mashed potatoes,
soups to hit supermarkets
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