June 11, 2001
This week, we are launching three stories written by students from Taber, Alberta. As a special event you can read their stories as well as hear them.
The Taber & District Adult Literacy Program began in 1987. The program is located in the Provincial Building in Taber, Alberta. Taber is a small community of approximately 7700 residents. This small community is agriculture and oil industry based. Taber is also known all over Alberta and Canada as the Corn Capital of Canada. Today, the Taber & District Adult Literacy Program offers a variety of programs to improve reading and writing skills. Some of the programs offered are one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, family literacy, English As A Second Language classes and Books For Babes. We currently have 60 students and 33 tutors in our program.
The following two poems were written by Nicole Strugari, from Taber, Alberta. Nicole is married to a wonderful man and has a 4-year-old son. She has lived in Taber, Alberta for the past 18 years. She works for the Taber Special Needs Society. This job has enabled her to accept who she is and she is working on bettering herself. Nicole has been a part of the Taber & District Literacy Program for the past seven months. She has always found enjoyment through writing stories and poems about life lessons.
Play an audio version of this story
As you have taught me.
You said, Girl it's a long race
Dig your starting holes
Deep and firm
Launch out of them
Into the straight a way
With all the power
That is in you
Look straight ahead
To the finish line
Think only of the goal,
With an ecstatic burst, hurtling threw the top to victory
I did as you said and I fell, but you always picked me up
So I could finish. It took a couple of times
But soon I stopped falling. It was and will be the hardest race to win and in
the end if I don't come in first, I know I will have won.
It was all with your help-I would like to thank you!