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Writing Enrichment

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Happy Elementary offers Writing Enrichment for students in grades 1st – 6th during the month of February.  35 students join a crew of staff and volunteers to participate in activities designed to encourage and promote writing in real life. 

During the first week of Writing Enrichment, students built writing journals under the instruction of Carolyn Bloodworth.  The journals were tabbed and filled with beautiful colored paper.  Students were encouraged to write their thoughts, hopes, dreams and goals as well as ideas, plans and suggestions in their journals.  The highlight of the session was watching the machine put the spiral binding in the journals. 

Raylyn Bowers, Editor of the “Swisher County News”, met with the Writing Enrichment students to discuss how she became a writer, what it took to earn her degree and what she enjoys about putting out the newspaper.  She encouraged and motivated students to write, promising to include their articles in future issues of the “Swisher County News”.  Two decorated writers from Happy ISD also spoke with the students.  Craig Odom and Bethany Coile, UIL medalists in Editorial Writing, Headline Writing, and Feature Writing, spoke with the students about writing for UIL and the rewards of winning.  They also spoke of the extra time they put into writing to become winners.  The students were allowed to touch and hold their medals and learned how they began writing for UIL competitions beginning in 2nd and 3rd grades.  Following their presentation, students wrote newspaper articles.  They wrote a rough draft one week and polished and elaborated the next. 

During the third week of Enrichment, students not only revised their newspaper articles, they made ten notecards.  They used several techniques to embellish and decorate their cards.  At one station, they used markers and watercolors.  At another, they used shaving cream and food coloring to make a wave-like pattern, and at the final center, they used ribbon and fabric to decorate a unique card.  Mrs. Via and her FCCLA students assisted students with gluing, sewing and cutting.  Students will each take six cards home and the remaining four cards will be sold during the final presentation of the Writing Enrichment program on March 6. 

Two weeks of Writing Enrichment remain.  During the final two sessions, students will write and illustrate a picture book.  Sharla Moudy will lead the students through the process and discuss the patterns and predictability of picture books.  Books will be laminated and bound for others to read and enjoy. 

On March 4, Happy Elementary students will view the products of the Enrichment project during the school day and the community is invited to see the products on Sunday, March 6, from 1:30 – 3:00, in the Happy School Library.  Each of you are encouraged to attend, view the creative works of the students and create your own card.

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