May 8, 2000
The authors of the following writings are students in programs sponsored by the Cape Breton Literacy Network. This Network, one of more than 25 in Nova Scotia, is a partnership of community volunteers and representatives of non-profit and government agencies. The goal of the Network is to provide free, community based classes for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing and math skills.
Some of the students attend full time classes while others attend part time. Students have many good reasons for attending upgrading classes. All have recognized that good literacy skills help them have a better life as parents, workers and citizens. These students are on an exciting journey of lifelong learning and their accomplishments are worthy of celebration.
This story was written by Donna Carrigan. Donna is a devoted wife and the mother of three beautiful children. She is still very young at heart. She is looking forward to finishing her upgrading and continuing her education. Donna loves to play darts and she enjoys gardening. She will enjoy the summer months at the bungalow. The one thing that is always constant in her life is the laughter. Donna enjoys being with people.
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My name is Donna. I am going to tell you how I am going to reach my goal. I am married with three children so I find life really hectic. I felt so embarrassed when my twelve year old son came home from school with grade seven math and I could not help him do it. I said to myself I am going back to school. I tried for two years to find an adult upgrading program which I am now in. It is called Project Connect. The teachers and tutors are very nice and supportive. They take extra time to help you in any way. After I graduate from here I am going to go to Marconi Campus for adult academic upgrading. From there I am going to go for a Licenced Practical Nurse (L.P.N.). I know this is a long term goal but if you really want it bad enough no obstacle is going to stand in your way.