Teacher Tony Apuzzi first met Jasalle Ruiz when she was “a rowdy sixth grader” at Intermediate School 120 in the Bronx, reports the Daily News. When he left for another job, Ruiz’s grandmother told him, “You’ve changed my granddaughter’s life. Please remain a part of her life after you leave.”
Apuzzi kept in touch with Ruiz in the ensuing years and supported her in all her endeavors. After receiving her associate’s degree from Bronx Community College in 2010, she was accepted into the College of New Rochelle, but unable to afford the tuition. That’s when her former teacher changed her life once again.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life.
Lord, bless all adults who mentor and encourage youth.