Esther’s smile lights up the room as she eagerly explains how much she is enjoying learning to read and write for the very first time after so many years spent without this ability. While Esther is one of the oldest members of the class, she might just be the most persistent as she has signed up and attended the course repeatedly. Her persistence sustains her through the struggle to learn, and she seems determined to continue her journey towards literacy. She is very excited to be able to finally read something as simple but important as billboards in her community. The learning atmosphere created by instructors like Julienne, allows even those who struggle to be encouraged as the whole class cheers each other on with applause at regular intervals during the weekly instructional period.