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For Karina Chacon, the program has motivated her to encourage Jackie to use her time better so her daughter can have a better life.
Chacon, who has an eighth-grade education and cleans hotel rooms, tells Jackie to do it for herself: “It’s not for your teacher’s well-being. It’s not for my well-being. I wish I had studied.”
Andersen student Tywee Turner and his father of the same name talk about stories he’s read and visit the library often. Tywee had DuPont’s help last year when he was reading at a fourth-grade level; now in seventh grade he reads a grade ahead and is an honor roll student.
He now rarely runs across a word he can’t sound out, the elder Tywee said. He credits DuPont.
“She calls to check on him all the time,” he said. “Miss DuPont, she went beyond the teaching guidelines for helping Tywee. She was like a mother.”
Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438