As we're revving up for the second year of RAWK Writers' Room at Maple Street Middle School we want to shine a spotlight on two volunteers who really make it all happen. Thank you to these two bright and caring people for sharing your time with our students. Without further ado, here are Nicole and Doug!
Happy New Year! OK, it’s still 2016, but once you’ve been a student, the beginning of the school year feels like beginning again each year. You’ll find a new slate of fall workshops on our calendar with new (and dear, returning) facilitators, and we’ll also have new opportunities to read with us as we emphasize the R in RAWK. And we have a new RAWKstar in our midst, so we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Marcetti, our new communications associate.
We're still basking in the glow of our RAWK READS! event last night at Bookbug—always proven to be a beautiful reflection of our summer that's filled to the brim with writing, creating, and planning. Our students sharing their work with an eager audience is integral to our core beliefs, as we're always striving to celebrate and amplify youth voices. While last night was the perfect close to our busiest summer on the books, our office is far too quiet today. We want to be congratulating each other and sharing sweet anecdotes from the night, but we're missing one person. Last night also marked the last day for Anja, our summer intern.
Kalamazoo’s book enthusiasts are coming together and the result is beautifully unique hand-bound books with pages that share the voices of talented RAWKstars. This summer, The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center has kindly welcomed RAWK students into their studios to learn about the arts of papermaking and printmaking.
Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK) is thrilled to share a closer look at our dreamy partnership with Open Roads Bike Program! The youth development bicycling program is a Kalamazoo native non-profit organization devoted to teaching hands-on bike mechanic skills, along with social skills, that empower students to build successful futures and create positive changes within the community. They share our mission to support the growth and learning of Kalamazoo youth through the cultivation of critical skills, and we are incredibly proud to join forces with them.
RAWK and Open Roads' collaboration — RAWKin' ROADS — just finished two weeks of camp for middle school and high school youth. Stories and poems were written. Bikes were built. And now we get to share all about it with you!
This summer, we are grateful for sunshine, fresh notebooks, summer reading lists, and of course, RAWK summer writing workshops! Our summer programming would not be possible without the energy, knowledge, and commitment of the RAWK facilitators. They teach the power of words and celebrate the voice of each RAWKstar. Meet them here!
Our growing list of RAWK programs runs rich with opportunities for students (preschool - high school) to exercise their voices, to fall in love with words, to understand the power of writing and reading in their lives. We'd love to share more about what our Thematic Writing Workshops are all about, and how you (or your friends and neighbors) can get involved. We believe an invested community is essential for the success of all students.
Hunkered down these past couple of months under a blanket of winter, we put our wee heads together and devised this beautiful new website! There are so many exciting developments to this new site that we think will serve all Friends of RAWK more efficiently.