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January 17, 2011

This week, we have a story written by Sarah Lee, from Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. Sarah is enrolled in literacy and math tutoring with Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council (NLLLC). She took part in a Family Writing Contest with NLLLC, where families were invited to participate in a family story writing contest using a literacy theme. Her submitted story is included below. Sarah won the 2009 Student of the Year Award from Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council.

Learning to write and read

by Sarah Lee

This story is about me and my family learning to write and read.

When I was growing up, learning that I couldn’t write and read wasn’t very nice to hear. My mom couldn’t teach me how to read and write because she had no education. When I got in grade 8, I decided to quit school and look after my mom because she was sick.

When I turned 21, I decided to get married and had three children of my own. When all my children went on their own, I decided to go back to school. I was in the ABE program for two years. Then I decided to go to one-on-one tutoring. Now I am in one-on-one tutoring since September of 2007. Marsha is my tutor. She helps me a lot. In 2007 I won the Student of the Year Award at Bay St. George Literacy Council. I was very proud of it. Now I received a letter saying that I am the 2009 Student of the Year from Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council. I am very excited to get this award!

My husband also has a problem with writing and reading. He went to night school. My daughter also has a problem with writing and reading. She has three children of her own. My daughter went back to school last year in Grand Falls.

In tutoring I learned how to read and write and do match. When you can write and read you can understand the problem.

[This story was taken with permission, from the Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council (NLLLC) website, under News - Family Story Writing contest submissions and winners.]

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