Casey from Ozaukee Jail Literacy Program

Casey's Letter, from Ozaukee Jail Literacy Project

"But wanting it that’s hard
Wait, before you do it,
Before you sleep forever.
Let breath fill you,
Stop and consider.

The sound of rain,
Birds singing good morning
Crackling embers,
And waves crashing in

Bare feet on soft moss,
Sunlight on skin,
A tender embrace,
And wind tossed hair.

Fall’s flurry of color,
The white blanket of winter,
Spring’s timid awakening
And the looming life of summer.

Is there not
Something to live for?

Henry David Thoreau wrote ”a single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts.” This is what the classroom has spurred in me. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart. This program is THE positive change we can make after making our mistakes and finding counseling here.

I will close with the lovely words of Thoreau …”such is the character of the morrow. Which mere lapse of time can never make to dawn. The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we awaken. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”

Casey wrote this letter to his teachers at the Ozaukee Jail Literacy Program, telling them how they helped him during one of his darkest moments, and how they inspired hope. UWNO has been a longtime supporter of this program and thanks to our generous donors, we are a significant funder of this transformational education program. The national recidivism rate is about 75%, but with those completing OJLP, it is 44%.