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Thanksgiving Kitchen
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.51

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    shabby, finding, especially, volunteer, economy, tighten, history, fell, prepare, line, jobs, gathering, thoughts, locker, working, success


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Thanksgiving Kitchen
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     A long line of cars worked its way in and out of the shopping center parking lot. It seemed as though traffic was especially heavy today. All of the cars submitted to the stop-and-go traffic as they obeyed the stop sign. Standing beside the stop sign was a man in shabby clothes holding a sign. The sign said, "Will work for food."
 
2     "It seems like there is someone on every corner asking for help these days," said Olivia as she gestured towards the man. "It's a little scary sometimes."
 
3     "I can understand your fear," said Mom. "Most of these people just don't have any other choice. The way the economy is and with so many jobs being lost, it just makes it really tough for some people to make ends meet."
 
4     "I sometimes wish there was something we could do," said Olivia, "but I know we are having enough trouble of our own."
 
5     "Well, yes, we have had to tighten our belts. I know what you mean, though. Your dad and I have been wishing there was something we could do to help more."
 
6     Olivia and her mother drove on in silence for some time as they headed home from their afternoon of shopping. Olivia continued to think of the man with the sign. She was still thinking about him when she met with her good friend, Emma, the next day at school.
 
7     "Hey, Emma, are you ready for the history test next hour?" asked Olivia as she closed her locker and fell into step beside her friend.
 
8     "Yes, I think so. I studied all night for it, so I think I am as ready as I can be. How about you?"

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