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Writing project includes students across schools

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PROCTORVILLE -- Fairland West Elementary is leading a project to create a book that will be a true collaboration of talented students from throughout the entire Fairland Local Schools district.

The students in Fairland West Elementary's writer's workshop hit the road last week to have its second-graders work on illustrating the book, "Memories and Traditions," which will be published in April, according to a news release from Fairland West.

"This writing project included Fairland's top high school English, art, and video students who helped the younger authors and illustrators create their final product," according to the news release.

Fifth-grade students wrote personal narratives as the high school students modeled good writing techniques. The second-grade students illustrated the stories with the suggestions of the high school art students. This project involved Fairland West, Fairland East, and Fairland High School and promoted peer interaction among the schools.

This is the second year that Fairland West teachers Pam Leep and Deborah Pemberton have sponsored the Writers' Workshop. However, this is the first year for including East and High School students. Writers' workshop students are selected based on interest and ability. They meet throughout the year to enhance and have fun with creative writing activities.

Preparations are being made for the Writers' Workshop reception in May, with guest speaker and published illustrator Adam Watkins.