Oceanside Middle School Students Tell Their Stories

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 6:30am

Have you heard about The Telling Room

The Telling Room is a Maine-based literary arts education nonprofit whose mission is to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers age 6 to 18, its programs seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for student writing.

For the past two years The Telling Room has been working to expand its proven literary arts education programs to the Midcoast region. During this time they have trained local teaching artists, partnered with area organizations and schools, and served 250 students in the Rockland region through in-school programs.

This spring, 28 Oceanside Middle School students wrote personal narratives with The Telling Room. An innovative RSU grant allowed local Telling Room teaching artists Sarah Welch, Willy Ulbrich, and Nancy Lloyd, along with OMS teachers Catherine Harris, Valerie Hilchey, and Melissa Boggs, to meet the students in their classrooms for 12 one-hour sessions of intensive creative writing instruction. The sixth-grade students explored the theme “What if it’s true?” and immersed themselves in writing mini memoirs that capture one true story in each of their lives.

Please join me tonight as Oceanside Middle School students read original stories from their recently published anthology tonight, June 7, at 12:30 p.m. at Watts Hall in Thomaston. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. I look forward to seeing you there!