PLYMOUTH — Seven grade-school students clutch their notepads and anxiously eye each other in a Plymouth State University classroom as they prepare to share their inner-most thoughts out loud. The students are part of the National Writers Project (NWP) summer writing camp, and today culminates their efforts as they read their work to each other, their teachers and family members. The camp's goal is to help young people improve their writing skills; PSU English Professor Meg Petersen organizes the week-long camp and says the children are taught a variety of writing styles and encouraged to have fun developing their own voices in it.
"We want children to develop a sense of joy in writing and to have them work on their writing in a situation where they are not pressured," Petersen said. "Our goal is to have them come out of the camp loving to write; that's our most important goal."
"Many children in schools think of writing as something that they have to do, it's forced and difficult, and unless they discover the joy in it, they're not ever going to be able to do it really well," Petersen added.
Michael Bramer, who will enter sixth grade in Campton Elementary School this fall, said he enjoyed the camp.
"I learned writing is much easier than I thought–it was fun," said Bramer. "I got to write stuff that I really liked and I got to write stuff that I didn't know about, like poems."
This is the eighth year PSU has hosted a summer writing camp. NWP writing camps are also held in Hampstead, Peterborough, Meredith, Concord and Laconia.
In addition to the writing camp for children, PSU also hosts a weeklong workshop for writing teachers, dedicated to improving the quality of writing instruction throughout New Hampshire.
The teachers work closely with the students during writing camp, gaining valuable experience in
instructing students on how to improve their writing skills.
Founded in 2002, the National Writing Project in New Hampshire, (formerly Plymouth Writing Project) is the New Hampshire chapter of the National Writing Project, and is based on the belief that access to high quality educational experiences is a basic right of all learners and a cornerstone of equity. The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:19
GILFORD — Characters from Disney's "Frozen," Elsa and Anna, will be at the Gilford Youth Center on Old Home Day, Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the couple. Characters are local actresses, and are not the actual voices from the movie.
Reservations are required in advance. Tickets can be reserved by visiting www.gilfordyouthcenter.com. The cost is $10 per child. Accompanying parents/guardians do not need a ticket. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold.
Payment is not due at time of reservation, but is due prior to the day of the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the Gilford Youth Center.
Those with questions can call youth center director Scott Hodsdon at 524-6978
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:30
Chamber Business After Hours hosted by Voices Against Violence
PLYMOUTH — Voices Against Violence will host the next Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at M'nM Scoops, at 67 Main St., in downtown Plymouth.
Those attending will have the opportunity to learn more about the work that Voices Against Violence is doing in the Pemi-Baker area as well as to mix and mingle with Chamber members, partners, and friends as they relax and enjoy refreshments, conversation, and door prizes.
Voices Against Violence, which serves southern Grafton County, strives to break the cycle of violence by providing comprehensive services for all victims and survivors and by creating social change through education and action. It provides information and support to victims and survivors, their family and friends, community members, and professionals around domestic violence, children who witness domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment, stalking, and bullying.
Business After Hours is a business-networking event, conducted by the Plymouth Regional Chamber, is part of its active support of the regional businesses and is possible through the generous support of key area businesses and professionals.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:15
GILFORD — Members of the Interact Club at Gilford High School were among the volunteers which helped at at the Marshmallow Man triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Opechee Park in Laconia. The event helped to raise funds for the Child Advocacy Center in Laconia.
The Gilford Interact students who participated were Noelle Benavides, Misty Medeiros, Clara Jude, Sisi Remick, Max Sawyer, and Cassidy Bartlett. Mrs. Deb LaLiberte is the club's adviser.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:11
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