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The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

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New Book Based on TASK

Mission Possible: How You Can Start & Operate a Soup Kitchen

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TASK AND THE YMCA OF TRENTON INVITE YOU TO HEALTHY KIDS DAY

On Saturday, April 26th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and the YMCA of Trenton will host “Build a Happier, Healthier Kid” as part of National Healthy Kids Day. The event will be held at the Trenton YMCA located at 431 Pennington Avenue in Trenton.

The fun-filled day will include kid-friendly food, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, prizes, magic, balloons, and more!

For more details, click here for flyer (link to pdf file) or visit the Healthy Kids Day Facebook Event Page.

For more information or volunteer opportunities contact J Steinhauer, Community Relations Coordinator at (609) 695-5456 x 108 or JSteinhauer@trentonsoupkitchen.org.

Kids Fest 2014
Caroline Myss Explores The Seven Soul Passages at Her Fifth Lecture to Benefit TASK

On Friday, May 30th, Caroline Myss, best selling author, spiritual teacher and renowned lecturer in human consciousness will give her fifth lecture to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) at 7pm at Rider University's Bart Ludeke Center. All proceeds from this event will be in benefit to TASK.

CAROLINE MYSS

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TASK is changing lives



As a way of expressing our thanks, we made a short video to show you that your contributions are well-spent and are making a difference in the lives of those we serve. Helping our neighbors is what we do, and it's all possible because of you.



ShopRite Partners In Caring/Cheerios Expressions of Hunger Winning Video: "The Red"



This short documentary explores the root causes of hunger in New Jersey Capital City, and how TASK is working to meet the needs of Trenton's poor and less fortunate.

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ATTENTION: CALLING ALL TEENAGE VOLUNTEERS!

The Teens4TASK is looking for diverse students from different schools around the area, who are dedicated to supporting TASK through programs and initiatives focused on educating more youth about the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

If this sounds like you, click here for the application. Applications are due April 25, 2014.

Click here for more information about Teens4TASK

Questions? Contact teens4task@trentonsoupkitchen.org.

Full Time Dishwasher-Custodian

Full Time Dishwasher/Custodian Position available at Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

Highly motivated, self-starter needed in a very busy kitchen environment. Half responsibilities will be as a dishwasher, the other half will be custodial maintenance of interior and exterior of facility. Team player, ability to lift up to 50 lbs., strong attention to cleanliness and detail.

Send Resume:
Attn: Melisa Rivera
Fax: 609-695-1225
Mail to:
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
72 1/2 Escher Street
PO Box 872
Trenton, NJ 08605
Email: melisar@trentonsoupkitchen.org
Deadline: April 11, 2014

TASK's new blog

Desperately Seeking Sanity: Written by Mary Ann Dunn

Just recently, TASK launched a new blog site entitled, Stories of a Soup Kitchen. The blog features first person stories from patrons, staff and volunteers and articulates a perspective on life that is often unheard by the rest of the world.

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TASK is Changing Lives

A Rafter of Turkeys Run in Mercer County Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving day, at Mercer County Park, before cooking dinner, more than 400 participants ages 4 to 83 trotted in the first-ever Mercer County Turkey Trot 5K run/walk race. The event raised $13,000 for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and other local hunger organizations.

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TASK's new blog

TASK Launches New Blog: Stories of a Soup Kitchen

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has just published its first blog site, "Stories of a Soup Kitchen". This blog is composed of first person stories from patrons who have used our services, as well as the staff and volunteers of TASK. Soup kitchen patrons offer a perspective on life that is often unheard by the rest of the world. This blog serves to give them a voice in the conversation. At TASK, we get to see the beautiful along with the ugly and it is impossible to walk away unchanged. We want to share some of these stories with you.

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TASK is Changing Lives

TASK is Changing Lives and It Feels Great!

TASK is changing lives and it feels great! Make sure you see our newest video from our friends at Riverview Studios. You're going to love it!

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2013 Top Rated Non-Profit

Barry Family Endowment to TASK on behalf of Grandmother Namagiri Ammal

On Friday, November 29th the Barry family made an endowment gift to TASK in remembrance of Subha Barry's maternal grandmother, Namagiri Ammal.

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Stonebridge at Montgomery

Stonebridge at Montgomery's 2013 Thanksgiving Drive to benefit TASK

Long standing supporters of TASK, Stonebridge at Montgomery a retirement community located in central New Jersey, has conducted a food item and hygiene drive to benefit TASK.

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Bank of America

Bank of America Donates a check for $15,000.00

On Friday November 15th, 2013, a group of volunteers from Bank of America donated a check for $15,000.00 to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

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2013 Top Rated Non-Profit

TASK Listed as 2013 Top Rated Non-Profit

As of November 1, TASK will be listed as a Top Rated Non-Profit by GreatNonProfits.org. GreatNonprofits is an online community with a mission to inspire and inform donors and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency.

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Halloween Party

All Treats and No Tricks at TASK’s Annual Halloween Party

On October 31st, TASK had close to 100 Trenton area children Trick or Treat at TASK’s annual Halloween party! The Children were able to enjoy games, face painting by John Hayes and Patrick Bowen of the A-Team Artists of Trenton, balloon animals by Jean Prall Rosolino of (Youth Stages), arts & crafts, various treats & goodie bags, take-home bagged meals, as well as an in-house meal they could enjoy with their families.

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Art All Day

Join us at TASK this Saturday for Art All Day!

November 9th from noon - 5pm

Art lovers from around the region are invited to take a self-guided tour of the capital city’s artists’ studios, gallery spaces, grass roots art collectives, workshops, public art, and a host of breathtaking creative spaces largely unknown to the public. Special Art All Day trolley and guided bicycle tours will also take place.

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Cook and Uncorked to Benefit TASK

Cook and Uncorked to Benefit TASK

On November 23rd, the Trenton Fire Department will host its annual Fireman Cook-Off to determine who the best Chef in the department is. Join us at the Trenton Firehouse for food, music, and fun. We hope to see you there! Details below.

COME SAMPLE THE BEST FOODS OUR FIREHOUSE CHEFS CAN OFFER

LET'S SEE WHO THE BEST CHEF IN THE DEPARTMENT IS

$25.00 a Ticket

Food, Beer, Wine and Music

Date: Saturday November 23'"^ 2013
Time: 5:00 for the public
Place: American Legion Post 458 - 1438 Brunswick Ave, Trenton, NJ 08638

The winner of the event will compete in the State FMBA COOKED & UNCORKED event.

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Request for Food Items and Hygiene Products

Request for Food Items and Hygiene Products

Friends and supporters of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen! TASK is currently out of Ramen Noodles, Cup O' Soups, Boxed Lipton Soups, cans of tuna fish, granola bars, crackers and hygiene products.

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Renovation of outside benches

Complete renovation of TASK's outside benches, tables, & flowers planted by Girl Scout!

In the month of September 2013, a junior from West Plainsboro High School South took on the good deed of constructing new benches, tables, planting flowers, and bringing pumpkins for the autumn season for our patrons to enjoy at TASK. Harshitha Gadangi, from Girl Scout troop 70207, worked with a collective team of friends, parents, project advisor & Girl Scout troop leader, employees from Merck Pharmaceutical & AAA, to put this project together.

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McGalliards School Hoops for Soup Halloween Party for TASK

5th Annual Witherspoon Grill Harvest Festival

On Sunday October 13th, 2013, the Witherspoon Grill hosted its fifth annual harvest & music festival. Featuring live bands, hot food, treats, drinks & many family-friendly activities, the festival helped support the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

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McGalliards School Hoops for Soup Halloween Party for TASK

F/T Development and Community Relations Specialist position available at Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.)

Responsibilities:

  • Grant Writing and Reporting
  • TASK Newsletter Writing
  • Writing for Website, e-newsletter, Online Publications, Press Releases
  • Event Coordination
  • Processing Donations/Sending Thank you Letters
  • Data entry/Extraction
  • Assist with Mailings and Online Fundraising Campaigns
  • Assist TASK's Performing Arts Program

Requirements:

  • B.A./B.S. in  related field, strong PC skills (WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS)
  • Strong on-line social networking skills
  • Non profit agency experience an asset
  • Occasional evening, holidays and weekend availability

Email resume to : melisar@trentonsoupkitchen.org

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

McGalliards School Hoops for Soup Halloween Party for TASK

McGalliard's School "Hoops for Soup" Halloween Party for TASK

This past Friday, October 18th, Trenton's McGalliard School, hosted a "Hoops for Soup" Halloween Party to raise money for TASK.

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5th Annual Butler Wilson 5K

Thanksgiving Baskets Needed

In addition to the hot dinners we serve at TASK for the Thanksgiving holiday, we distribute Thanksgiving baskets each year to over 60 different families so they can have Thanksgiving in their homes. The following items are needed in order to prepare the baskets:

1. 10-14 lb Turkeys
2. Turkey Gravy
3. Vegetables (canned or fresh)
4. Yams (canned or fresh)
5. Juice
6. Apples
7. Oranges
8. Cornbread
9. 10” Pies (Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Apple, etc..)
10. Aluminum Pans
11. Cranberry Sauce
12. Stuffing
13. Boxed Mashed Potatoes
14. Macaroni and Cheese
15. Oven bags
16. Bags of Marshmallows
17. Big Plastic Bins for Food

For more information on how to sign up and donate any, or all of these items, please contact Nakieba Jackson at 609-596-5456 ext# 104 or Nakiebaj@trentonsoupkitchen.org.

5th Annual Butler Wilson 5K

2nd annual Soles for the Harvest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, October 26th

St. James Episcopal Church is hosting its 2nd annual Soles for the Harvest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, October 26th at 8:30am. Race proceeds this year will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Please help share the harvest by being part of such a great cause!

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5th Annual Butler Wilson 5K

5th Annual Butler/Wilson 5K

The fifth annual Butler/Wilson 5K, a charity race to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), was run this year September 14th on the Princeton University campus.

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TASK's ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY

TASK's ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY!

Thursday October 31, 2013
2:45 PM to 4:30 PM

We are in need of donations of:

  • Candy
  • Cupcakes
  • Popcorn Hands

For questions contact: Alesha Vega at Alesha_Vega@trentonsoupkitchen.org or 609-695-5456 Ext #100

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

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Arm & Hammer Supports TASK

Signing up to volunteer on Thanksgiving or Christmas

To sign up to volunteer on Thanksgiving, please call (609) 695-5456 ext.0 starting November 1st.

To sign up to volunteer on Christmas, please call (609) 695-5456 ext.0 starting December 2nd.

Unfortunately, due to a high volume of requests, we cannot accept calls to volunteer on these holidays before the dates specified above.

Adopt A-Family

Make this holiday season special and Adopt A-Family Holiday

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) adopt-a-family program is just one of our organizations many holiday traditions.

It's often thought that the holidays are the crest of giving. It is a time where friends and families exchanged gifts as part of a tradition that showcases generosity and love. However, this year as our economy continues to affect even the highest income households, undoubtedly there will be millions of people who will have to choose between paying for rent and food and buy gifts for their family. Sadly, these are the realities for thousands of Trenton families.

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TASK's second annual Graduate's Celebration

On September 18th, 2013 the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen celebrated a beautiful & memorable occasion; TASK's second annual Graduate's Celebration. Education is not only the mission of TASK to encourage self-sufficiency & improve the quality of life of its patrons, but we believe it can be a part of every individual's mission across the globe.

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Arm & Hammer Supports TASK

Arm & Hammer Supports TASK

Thanks to volunteers from Church & Dwight for coming to serve dinner at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) on Monday, September 23rd, and for making a $12,000 grant from the Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund to support the TASK meal service program.

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5K Run

Feed Our Friends 5K Run

For the past 5 years The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) has been hosting their Feed Our Friends 5K Run! On Sunday, October 13th, TCNJ's Alpha Phi Omega will be hosting their fifth annual 5K Run & Fun Walk to benefit TASK!!

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NJ SNAP

Change in NJ SNAP "Food Stamp" Program Concern Local Hunger Organizations

Bad news is on the horizon for nearly 1 million New Jerseyans who participate in the federal food assistance program known as SNAP (formerly called food stamps). The low-income families and individuals, about half of which are children, will see a cut in benefits November 1, 2013, when a temporary boost to the program expires. The result is that for a family of three SNAP benefits will drop by $29 a month a serious loss for struggling families whose benefits, after this cut, will average less than $1.40 per meal.

SNAP is important because it helps people when they need help. During this recession, more than 47 million Americans are relying on the program for the most basic necessity: food. Nearly 72% of SNAP participants are in families with children, more than one-quarter are in households with senior citizens or people with disabilities and many are working in low-paying jobs.

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Teens for TASK Board

MARK THE DATE, ART ALL DAY 2013 IS COMING SATURDAY, NOV. 9

Trenton’s open studio tour and creative showcase returns with many new offerings

TRENTON, N.J. – August 1, 2013 – Artists and art fans, mark your calendars for Saturday, November 9 when Trenton again throws open its doors for the second annual Art All Day open studio and creative space tour. This year, Art All Day, Artworks’ free celebration of creativity in the Capital City, will feature many new artist spaces and venues, plus a full roster of performances, activities and festivities, all more easily accessible than ever for attendees.

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Teens for TASK Board

Making a Bequest in Your Will Can Make a Lasting Difference

“It takes a noble person to plant a seed for a tree that will one day provide shade to those whom he may never meet.” - David Trueblood

A powerful way to leave a legacy is by making a bequest gift. By implementing a few small changes to your will, you have the opportunity to have a lasting impact on those who are suffering the pain and indignity of hunger in the Trenton area.

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Teens for TASK Board

Princeton Area Community Foundation Supports the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has been awarded a $25,000 grant for operating support from the Princeton Area Community Foundation. This funding will go to support TASK's mission to feed those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offer programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

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Teens for TASK Board

Do you know a teenager who wants to help the community through service?

TASK is seeking volunteers to join the Teens for TASK Board.

The Teens for TASK Board is a group of diverse students from different schools around the area, dedicated to supporting TASK through programs and initiatives focused among the youth and educating more youth about the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and its community. The Teens for TASK Board will foster a change in perspective and attitude regarding TASK, its community and the issues of hunger and homelessness.

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Amani tutoring Mary

Volunteers often tell us that their experiences at TASK have a life-changing impact. Our Board and staff agree. The lessons we have learned here are profound and poignant. One volunteer, Amani Ahmed, was able to articulate some of her thoughts in the following essay

The drive from my home to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is exactly twenty minutes. Twenty minutes and thirteen miles. You might think that with such a small distance, there couldn't possibly be much difference between the two towns. If that statement was your assumption, you'd be wrong.

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Feder family

Kids for TASK Launch

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) launched their 'Kids for TASK' program in the fall of 2012 to provide parents, grandparents, guardians and organizations such as schools, community and religious groups with a program to help kids build character while helping others. The program is taking off.

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Feder family

Volunteer Family's Kids Grow Produce for TASK

Thanks to the Feder family for setting up a mini-farm this summer to grow produce to share with TASK! The boys are excited to harvest the bounty and share.

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Thanksgiving baskets

TASK Featured on National Television

On February 27, 2013, TASK Executive Director Dennis Micai did a live interview with Reporter Mia Toschi of the Ebru Today News Team.

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Thanksgiving baskets

Welcome to the Emilio Papa Dining Room

When Emilio Papa entered the TASK Dining Room on January 16th, it felt like the red carpet of a Hollywood awards show.The cameras flashed and the video cameras started rolling to capture the joy on the face of our humble honoree.As the FunkTASKtiks played the song "Stand by Me," Emilio made his way down a receiving line of patrons, fellow Board Members, local non-profit leaders, elected officials, neighbors, friends, and family; shaking hands, giving hugs and warmly greeting each individual in the crowd.

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Thanksgiving baskets

Video: TASK Is Always There For You

As a way of expressing our thanks, we made a short video to show you that your contributions are well-spent and are making a difference in the lives of those we serve. Helping our neighbors is what we do, and it's all possible because of you.

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Joe

TASK Success Story Video Series

Riverview Studios is creating a video series of short TASK success stories. The second video in the series tells Joe's story of how he came to TASK to participate in our performing arts program and started studying in our Adult Education Program

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TASK Success Story Video Series

Riverview Studios is creating a series of short TASK success story videos. The first installment, which features Eric, was released this week.

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Hopewell Valley Baseball and Softball Association

Tribute to Volunteers

The cornerstone of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is our volunteers. Our volunteers help prepare and serve meals, stock and maintain our food pantry, and pick up food from the local food bank as well as food donations from area stores.

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H2H Group

Adult Education Program (AEP) weekly writer workshop

This week, the Adult Education Program (AEP) weekly writer workshop chose the topic: "If you won a million dollars and could not use it for your family or yourself, what would you use the money for to help your community?" We received many beautiful responses.

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Share Project

SHARE Project Videos

We've uploaded some videos of our SHARE Project artists performing original poetry and music, including the performance of "Take Away" by Derrick "D9" Branch from the TASK Volunteer Brunch. Watch them on our YouTube Channel.

Food Dontions

We are in need of Food and Hygiene Donations

Delivery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

If you have a vegetable garden we would love to have your fresh produce!

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Take Home Dinner Bags

TASK is in need of Take Home Dinner Bags

TASK is in need of "take home dinner bags". These consist of Bumblebee or Starkest tuna salad or chicken salad with crackers, or an individual can of spaghetti or ravioli in sauce; a juice box; dessert; an individual serving of fruit; plastic spoon and a napkin.

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Cookies

TASK recently received this letter from a volunteer:

Trenton Soup Kitchen Staff,

To be honest, I wasn't very sure how I thought or felt about doing my community service hours at the Trenton Soup Kitchen. Not knowing what to expect I went in with a positive attitude and hopes for a new view on life. And I must admit that is exactly what I have left with. The general thoughts I had flew out the window when I was greeted by the staff. Everyone, right off the bat, had the smile and positive attitude that let me know they love their job and they were here to make a difference.

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TASK Cookbook

Former Board Chair Writes Book About TASK

In Plain Sight: The Story of TASK
By LEE SEGLEM

Copies of the hardcover edition of "IN PLAIN SIGHT – The Story of TASK" are available for $25 each, plus shipping and handling ($4 for 1, 2 or 3 books; $8 for 4, 5 or 6 books; $12 for 7, 8 or 9 books; and so on).

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TASK Cookbook

TASK Cookbook has finally arrived

The long awaited TASK Cookbook has finally arrived! It contains mouth-watering recipes from TASK volunteers, supporters, board members, staff , A-TEAM Artists, students, and patrons. In addition to recipes, the book contains beautiful artwork in full color from A-TEAM Artists.

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TASK Cookbook

In my mind this is what America is all about

Esther came to the United States in December of 2005. She is from Liberia, where women do not go to school. She became a student in the TASK Adult Education Program (AEP) in October of 2007. This is her first school. She is still learning how to read and write, but through the AEP writer's weekly workshop, she wrote the following essay with some help from her tutor, Lydia.

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