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July 20, 2009

The following story was written by Sandra Trapp, from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.  Sandra is enrolled in the Adult Learning Program with the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County. She won an Honourable mention from Literacy Nova Scotia for the Adult Learners' Week Contest that took place throughout Nova Scotia from March 2 - 9, 2009.


by Sandra Trapp

Hi my name is Sandra Trapp. I am 46 years old and I never thought in a million years that I would be back in a learning program and be excited about learning again.

As a child going to school was a nightmare for me because I struggled everyday to learn what came so easy to others. I was not popular and I was teased everyday which made it even harder for me to learn. As I reached the higher grades I entered an adjusted class which wasn't any easier for me. With all the frustration I dropped out in 10th grade.

Years later, I wanted to continue my education, but had a son and got married so I had to put it aside again. Now my son is grown and out on his own. I thought I would try to continue on where I left off years ago. On a good friend's advice I returned to a learning program. I have come to the Adult Learning Program and I really enjoy it. My teacher is great. She cares about each and every one of us. I also find myself eager to learn more each time. Now I have the chance to accomplish something I've wanted to do since I left school years ago which is to get my high school diploma. This is my first year in the Adult Learning Program. I'd like to continue on and maybe do something with this chance I have.

Education is one of the most important things to have in life. Everybody should have the opportunity to learn. For me I'm glad to have the chance to continue my education. Maybe someday I can help someone else.

[This story was taken with permission, from Living and Learning for a Viable Future: The Power of Adult Learning, a collection of stories submitted to Literacy Nova Scotia for the Adult Learners' Week Contest in March 2009.]

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