As far as the grant goes, this is money well spent.
Nick Rogowski on Middle School Magic
In fact, we would rather not take a week off at the end of this five week session.
Marzieh Davis, Home school parent
Even kids who weren’t very enthused about writing to begin with seem to come out of her classes really fired up about writing. She provides an amazing atmosphere in which kids can share their writing with each other, which just makes writing so much more meaningful for them. My 8-year-old took a 12-week class with her last year and loved it! His grammatical skills improved exponentially over that time, as well, as a side-effect of reading and sharing his work and hearing how others respond to it, along with editing suggestions from Janet.
I really can’t recommend her highly enough. We have invited her back to work with our homeschoolers again this year. In fact, when we started organizing our classes again this year, the first question my son asked me was if Janet would be teaching again.
Cassandra Love, parent and educator
you provided for the kids! I cannot tell you howimpressed I am with all that you were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time - you are truly amazing!! The girls not only LOVED the time they spend with you,they actually began to see the process of writing in a whole new light!
Their perspective, alone, is more than I could have hoped for, and the stories and poetry they produced during the single week they spent with you was like nothing they had ever done before.
Katie Garner, parent and educator
Being a stage director myself, I have different expectations for different age groups, and Meggen’s group exceeded those expectations.
It was with great pride and tremendous emotion that I realized how deep she could get with a group of middle schoolers. During our final session of Camp Ruach 2010, Meggen led a group of 10 preteens as they brainstormed, collaborated, wrote and performed a poetry cycle in front of 150 people… all astonished. She contoured her in-class experience to fit that age group, perfectly!
In addition to the performance, Meggen also got the kids very excited about their first “zine.” Meggen put together their individual works as well as their collaborative efforts ina beautiful booklet that the preteens still talk about!
Meggen has a great talent, as I have seen, at working with very diverse age groups. She listens and inspires. Meggen’s greatest gift, along with the ability to articulate thoughts in a sensitive manner, is that she creates an atmosphere where children, preteens, and teens alike can feel excited to express themselves.
Seth Kellam, Camp and Teens Director, Asheville JCC
...by observing the creative writing process that Tamiko shared with my students, and by picking up simple but useful expressions that she used often -- for example, she would say “think with your pen” during brainstorming sessions.
~ Tamiko Murray did a fabulous job in my classroom last fall as part of the TAPAS program, which was funded by the ACS Foundation.
~ I believe having writers like Tamiko come into our classrooms is extremely beneficial to our students. Local writers can share their passion and expert knowledgethat we teachers don’t have, and can inspire students and cause them tofall in love with writing, which can in turn lead to higher end-of-grade writing test scores.
Brew Davis, 6th grade teacher AMS
... to our little school. I think all things poetic went over very well with many students, especially one student, who seems to have found a community of voice, support, and camaraderie.
~ Tamiko and Janet, thank you so much for your immense help to prepare our kids for the Slam (and other poetic endeavors) this past weekend. I know they both had a great time and have been seen writing tons since then. I am grateful for your help and looking forward to the collaborative efforts that will arise out of the hours put into the classrooms. Thanks so much!
~ Perhaps it's the idea of free-writing and no 'correct' answers that [my student] just lets himself go with it. I think we can utilize this for his academic struggles.
Andra Cagle, Language Arts Teacher, Randolph Learning Center
Before Janet Hurley began her work with True Ink, there was no community-based programming designed to strengthen and foster a love of writing in children. My own son and many of my students have participated in her writing camps and workshops. She has organized local writers and artists to share their expertise with young authors.
Rhonda Sizemore, Reading Specialist, Isaac Dickson Elementary
Their work has had a very positive outcome on both the writing skills and disposition toward writing of students.
Janet has worked with students at Dickson for many years doing Writing to Change the World with our 5th graders. She has worked with kids to show them the power of words and has demonstrated this to them through publication, blogging, and other forms of media. This is a powerful tool. A writer herself, she can assist kids in the craft of writing as well as understanding the importance of written expression. I have been impressed by the quality of work students have turned out under her guidance.
Alida Woods, Principal, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Retired