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Middle school can be rough.  Write to Read Day makes it better!  Help us bring professional writers and artists to our school.
Middle school can be rough. Write to Read Day makes it better! Help us bring professional writers and artists to our school.
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You probably noticed my students wrote, filmed, and starred in this video.  It has been creatively designed to obscure their identities as minors.  Rest assured, they'd talk your ear off about our programming if they could!

Write to Read Day is a series of workshops where students meet and work with authors, poets, musicians, artists and activists.  This annual event teaches students about the processes behind different forms of story-telling. 

Workshops are hands-on and students walk out having worked on their own poem, artwork, or short story with a professional.  Write to Read Day also inspires students to explore different forms of self-expression including poetry, lyrics, visual art, comics, and even video games!  Students preselect their three 45-minute sessions and each student gets a schedule tailored to his or her interests.

All nine presenters have confirmed their attendance.  We will use all funds raised to pay their honorariums, order volunteer t-shirts, and purchase the necessary art supplies.  With recent budget cuts our school cannot afford to cover these costs in full.

Risks and challenges

Write to Read Day involves a lot of logistics but luckily everything is in place. We have confirmed the attendance of all our presenters, designed our t-shirt logo, and are in the process of creating slideshows to promote the event to each class.

One timing concern is that the construction of the phoenix puppet may take more than a day. Puppeteer Joe Therrien and I are in communication about how to complete the project in follow-up sessions before the end of the school year.

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    Handmade thank-you card from a mini-librarian. Aw!

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    Handmade card and a signed copy of graphic novel Drama by Raina Telgemeier. If you'd prefer a different book, please inquire. We may have a limited number of extra copies by other authors.

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    Handmade card, signed copy of Drama and a Write to Read Day t-shirt. Shirts are Carolina blue with a black logo (picture in the video). Please indicate your desired size- S, M, L, or XL.

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    Handmade card, signed copy of Drama, t-shirt and a public acknowledgement at our opening ceremonies. We're talking major middle school street cred here!

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