12 May She Taught Me to Read
Our Kathryn Fudurich shares her Mother’s Day with us. She gave her mother, Pat Stanford-Fudurich, a book titled My Mother is Mine by Marion Dane Bauer and read it with her. This video is especially bittersweet because Pat has a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s which has seriously affected her ability to read – as you’ll see with this book that only has one sentence per page.
Pat has a Masters in Education, is a former English teacher and librarian, and has always loved reading.
Kath’s mom was a dedicated educator as a high school teacher at Nelson High School in Burlington. Her biggest endeavour was trying to bring together all the kids that didn’t “belong” and help them to work on something collaboratively. Pat really saw the importance in giving young people responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in what they did. She got her students to participate in Me to We implementing a program called the Africa Project to raise money for Me to We’s initiatives.
Another project she’ll be remembered for was an initiative called the Peace Garden to get the students to work together and rejuvenate the green space on the school’s campus. Given her role as librarian, she founded a Library Club so kids would be able to stay after school when they had nowhere else to go, which was especially important for the students who didn’t have great home lives.