Young Writers Day
Students at East Bradford Elementary School took pen to paper at the school's annual Young Writers Day on March 22. The day was filled with grade level assemblies which challenged young writers to talk and write about the workshop's theme of anti-bullying. Students were encouraged to explore the creative process through video, music, storytelling, movement, and short writing prompts.
Award-winning author K.M. Walton worked with students in grades 3 - 5 and talked about being kind to everyone you meet.
Walton, a West Chester University graduate and author of the novels Cracked, Empty, and Ultimatum asked them what it means to be contagious. One student replied, "it's like when you have the chicken pox!" Another student answered, "gossip can be contagious."
"Here's why I asked all of you that question because kindness is contagious," said Walton. "Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. No matter what. That's the biggest point I'm going to make today."
Walton then challenged the students to brainstorm ideas in their journal on how they could create a chain of kindness at the school.
The students filled their notebooks with ideas that they shared with Walton - pick up trash, invite someone who looks lonely to sit with you, say please and thank you, say hello, compliment someone, hold the door.
"Everybody in this room has the power to show somebody that they care," said Walton.
Young Writers Day also featured local storyteller Bill Wood. Wood has been telling stories professionally since 1990 and has appeared at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the National Storytelling Association Conference and other venues. Bill is the author or co-author (with Vicky Town) of 6 audio-books, which have received awards from the Parents’ Choice Foundation and World Storytelling Awards.
Mr. Wood delighted kindergarten through second graders with tales based on his childhood memories using stuffed animals and puppets.
The day of creativity and imagination wrapped up with a school-wide assembly led by WCASD high school English teacher Jennifer Melek Ozgur. Mrs. Ozgur encouraged young writers through music, movement, and collaborative writing. In addition to teaching at Rustin High School, Mrs. Ozgur is a news columnist, poet, and children's author.
The East Bradford PTO sponsored Writer's Day.