Oceanside students to share published works via Telling Room partnership
ROCKLAND — Oceanside Middle and High School students will read original stories from recently published anthologies on Wednesday, May 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Oceanside High School library. The readings are free open to the public. A reception will follow.
In collaboration with a Portland-based writing program, The Telling Room, students at both Oceanside Middle School and Oceanside High School published personal narratives through the support of an RSU 13 innovative grant. The grant allowed Telling Room program director Nick Schuller; local teaching artists Caitlin Schick, Willy Ulbrich, Sarah Price, Nancy Lloyd, Kate Ver Ploeg, Kate Tagai, and Lee Lehto; and teachers Jean Bragan, Melissa Boggs, and Anne Pietroski to meet OMS and OHS students in their classrooms for twelve sessions of intensive writing instruction this spring.
The middle and high school students wrote personal narratives about friendship, loss, memory, and overcoming personal challenges in their lives. Their writing was published in two professionally designed anthologies to be given to students, their families, and each school's library. Copies of both books will be on hand at the event.
Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, The Telling Room is a Portland-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Their programs seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for student writing.
According to a media release from The Telling Room, children and young adults who work with The Telling Room have been shown to increase their self-confidence and strengthen their creative skills, which are vital in the 21st century. A growing body of research demonstrates that students who participate in programs like The Telling Room's, which integrate the arts and writing and emphasize small group work and one-on-one attention:
• Are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
• Can raise their grades by one letter in the course of a school year
• Strengthen their problem-solving and critical thinking skills
• Are two times less likely to engage in risky behaviors
The Telling Room plans to run similar programs in Midcoast schools beginning next fall.