Back to school to learn to write

Waikato News - - COMMUNITY - By BLAIR VOOREND

Alis­tair wasn’t too flash with read­ing and writ­ing.

“I went back to school to learn my ABCs and 123s. I even had the same teacher at 37 as when I was seven.

“Jean Smith, that was her name.” Alis­tair said.

The in­ter­ven­ing years, and his mo­ti­va­tion, trans­formed the school ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There’s a dif­fer­ence when you have to learn and when you want to learn.

“I wanted to learn now be­cause I wanted to write these books,” Alis­tair, now 52, said.

Two books later,Alis­tair still works with his dig­gers, but now it is on a much smaller scale teach­ing kids about the ma­chin­ery. At Fiel­d­ays, he also had pro­mo­tional copies of his sec­ond book, The Need for Lis­ten­ing, avail­able.

At the Doug the Dig­ger site at Fiel­d­ays, Ivanca Jedd, 11, loved the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was fun. Mov­ing the dig­ger was much eas­ier then I thought.

“I can’t wait to go again.”

PHOTO: BLAIR VOOREND

Ivanca Jedd, 11, learn­ing the con­trols to the dig­ger.

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