Every Monday and Friday afternoon, 35-40 teenagers sit down at their laptops and log in. Mr. Aaron Parker, lead ESL teacher at Aiken High School, greets everyone, then WordPlay's Amy Tuttle and Spring Pillow step up to the front of the virtual classroom for an exploration into personal stories, vocabulary-building and critical thinking through the medium of creative writing. What we have heard loud and clear from our teacher-partners is that students are yearning to come together in ways that are self-affirming, social and creative. Helping young people hone the skills of self-knowledge, empathy and creative expression as a catalyst for learning is what we are all about. The Aiken classes are just one of the many ways your support has allowed us continue this work.
See more of our programming below.
Week of April 20th Daily Education Engagements Online Lessons: Website, social media Word of the Day: Website, social media
Collaborative Projects International Youth Voices Poem: An international collaborative piece curated by multiple Youth Writing Centers (Currently open for submissions) Cincy Stories
Partner Projects Down Syndrome Association Aiken High School On Being/Mindful Music Moments Villedge Sidewinder Poems Online Courses My Story, My Voice Summer Camps Book Distribution Giving away our stockpile of books intended for our annual spring Ride for Reading event. CPS: Lunch sites Parker Woods Montessori, Academy of World Languages and Oyler Aiken lead ESL teacher Aaron Parker is delivering books directly to his students’ homes. Through other community organizations: Community Matters Santa Maria State Ave. United Methodist Church (Lower Price Hill) Villedge