Shoreline students honored by Writers in the Classroom

Friday, June 24, 2011

Room Nine student Matthew Edwards, WITS teacher Rachel Kessler,
Photo by Sherry Edwards.
The Writers in the Schools program matches a local creative writer with a public elementary, middle or high school or hospital to design innovative and culturally relevant lesson plans that meet the goals of the participating classes while engaging students. The program invigorates both students and teachers with fresh ideas and encouragement.

A special reading was held on June 1-2 at the downtown Seattle public library with selected students reading their work. The readings featured 50 students from the 27 sites in the 2010-11 WITS program, including Lummi Nation School in Bellingham, three Port Townsend schools, and Seattle Children's Hospital, in addition to students from public elementary, middle, and high schools in Kent, Seattle, and Shoreline.

Lucy Gesinger, Room 9,
3rd grader
Shoreline Schools' students included in the selection:

Room Nine Community School, Shoreline:  Matthew Edwards, Rachel Kessler.
Shorecrest High School, Shoreline - student not identified

About Writers in the Schools (WITS): Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools (WITS) program, founded in 1994, believes that through working collaboratively with classroom teachers and professional, published creative writers, students are empowered to become authors of their own lives. WITS writers-in-residence provide a meaningful role model for every student. Since 1994, the program has served 67,500 K-12 public school students and 1,200 teachers in the Puget Sound region.


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