My childhood was filled with an abusive father and an emotionally unavailable mother. Reading was my escape, a positive way to cope with adversity. As soon as I learned to read, I also learned there was hope for me because I could learn. Reading helped me know that good things are possible for persons who persevere. Against the odds I graduated from high school and University with honours. Many parents of the children in this school are required to work long shifts to pay their bills, so let us show our support to them. Reading changes the world!