By Molly Mitzner

“I write to make the world sunnier,” wrote a third grader in response to the prompt “Why I write.” Kimball Elementary School took part in celebrating National Day on Writing by organizing our own Writing Week from October 15, 2013 through October 17, 2013. Each morning students had the opportunity to explore the role of writing in their lives with a number of activities. On Tuesday, students responded to the “Why I write” prompt to share their feelings on writing. On Wednesday, students wrote letters to fellow students in the grade below their own. In these letters, students shared their interests, favorite classes and advice to their peers. At the end of the short week, students wrote six-word memoirs, defining themselves in six simple words.

Also on Thursday, grades 2 through 5 participated in a writing festival led by corps member and literacy coordinator, Sarah Montanari. For the festival, Sarah went to each classroom for a 30 minute block to lead writing and literacy games based on grade level standards. Some of these games and activities included “Found Poetry,” where students created poems by blocking out lines and finding words from newspaper clippings, as well as Word Boggle and deciding statements as Fact or Opinion.

“Writing Week was an opportunity for our students to celebrate the different kinds of writing that they do and to explore new forms of writing,” says Sarah. The activities that Sarah led engaged students in a variety of ways to show them numerous outlets to express themselves.

At Kimball, we foster an environment of literacy in a multitude of ways. Writing Week was an early initiative to promote a love of learning. Next, we will focus on publishing a literary magazine titled Ubuntu. Ubuntu, in City Year culture, means that we are people through others; humanity unites us all. At Kimball, our writing unites us. This magazine will accept submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphics and drawings that tell stories.  To follow the Kimball cheetahs through their continued endeavors, in literacy initiatives and more, check out our hash tag: #KESroar2success!

This corps member’s response to “Why I write?” I write to share the success of our scholars at Kimball Elementary School!

molly_mitznerMolly Mitzner, author, is a corps member serving at Kimball Elementary School.

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