On Hatteberg's People, I'm always amazed at how people cope with life and I've found that age is only a number, not a barrier. Lester Trusty of Herington knows that. He could have taken the easy way out to get his high school diploma. He didn't.
"I just feel young, I don't feel like I'm 80."
With Autumn's leaves matching the old brick walls of Herrington's downtown --- and with a hint of Christmas in the air, Lester Trusty is on a mission. Not headed to work, not headed home, instead he was coming here to the Herington Community Learning Center to finish something he started over 60 years ago.
"I've worked all my life!"
He has! He's worked in fields, for the railroad…and was even an ordained minister….but he never got his high school diploma.
"You know as a kid, I didn't think I'd need all that schooling."
It was the military that took him away….right at the end of World War II. He missed the fighting and he also missed that diploma.
"I feel it's very important."
When his wife died…depression set in.
"Like I said, I was sitting there wasting away and before my wife died, she told me not to set there and look at the walls. I had a life to live…live it! And I decided I was too young and too good looking to die now so I better do something."
Herington in their school district has adopted a GED Plus Program. As a veteran, Lester could automatically receive his high school diploma…but Lester said no…he wanted to work for it.
"I always like to work for what I get and everything I got I worked for."
So work he does here at the Herington Community Learning Center. He works six hours a day taking English, History and Government.
"It makes me feel good, these older people and younger people come up and tell me they are proud of me."