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Writers Matter Newsletter
Philadelphia Paints Hunger Relief—The nonprofit added artwork to the facade of its headquarters’ new expansion just blocks from Citizens Bank Park. Philabundance, along with the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and the Writers Matter Program at La Salle University, unveiled a banner at its Hunger Relief Center, 3616 S. Galloway St.
Urban Writers -The voices of teens really do matter.
Story written byKaitlyn Linsner
Layout & Photographs byMaggie Reilly
Philadelphia Inquirer—Writing for Their Lives is a bold five-part series written about the first three years of the Writers Matter project at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School in the School District of Philadelphia. The article focuses on a class of eighth graders and explores how these young students experience so much violence and pain in their world. Through shared journals, the students reveal their feelings and fears into a transforming experience.
National Public Radio (NPR)–Learn more and listen to “Sweet Memories of Beloved Children” the story of how the classroom of a Writers Matter teacher, Michael Galbraith, took on a project to acknowledge the rising gun violence in Philadelphia. The students interviewed parents of murdered school-age children. Throughout the year, they recorded the memories, the heartbreak, and the broken dreams of parents and grandparents left behind.
Read a BBC article about how journaling in the classroom, in this case with the Writers Matter Program, is a powerful technique to help students learn more and be more positively engaged in their surroundings.
Philadelphia Core Team Newsletter – Please scroll to page 7 to read about some of the specifics of what Writers Matter is doing in Philadelphia’s middle schools.