Celebrate Writing 2016:  “What I Get When I Give”
Each year students are given the opportunity to be published in a book of student writings. You and your student(s) will each receive a copy at Celebration of the Stars that will be held May 17, 2016. Please encourage your student(s) to participate!
 “What I Get When I Give” is the theme for this year’s book. Students will be encouraged to write about their experiences volunteering in the community, their church, or for other agencies. They may also write about caring for young children in their families, sharing their talents (music, sewing, pottery, etc.), performing in exemplary ways at work, raising families, etc. The writing may also be about something intangible that the student does such as giving their smile or their encouragement of others. What feelings do they have about giving of themselves? (Any help with the word smithing appreciated.) 
Our book will include photos with the writings again this year. The photo should be of the student with the person or topic covered in their writing. All students will have their own page, which will include their picture and name. Work with your student on answering any of the following prompts. It can be as short as one or two sentences or a complete short story. Each of these prompts could become a lesson in itself. A great writing resource is the on-line class (from tutor training) “Writing Without Fear.” Contact your staff support person if you would like to get more resources.
Here are some prompts:
  1. What is an activity that you take part in as a volunteer in the community or your church?
  2. What do you do as a volunteer?
  3. Do you have children that you care for to help out your family?
  4. Write about the children you take care of. How old are they? How often do you care for them?
  5. What is an example of an extra duty that you perform at work that is above and beyond regular job duties?
  6. What is something that you do for your family that provides joy to them?
  7. What is something that you do for others in your neighborhood (mow lawns, shovel snow, etc.)?
  8. What talent or hobby do you share with others (music, sewing, writing, etc.)?
  9. What is something you do that is special for a holiday that is giving to others?
  10. What other act of kindness do you do such as giving encouragement or sharing your smile?
  11. When you do this additional activity, how does it make you feel? 
All students will have their own page, which will include their photo and their name. Work with your student to answer the questions that apply to them. Answers can be as short as one or two sentences or a more expanded paragraph. Each of these questions could become a lesson in itself. Contact your staff support person for additional resources. 

Please help students type in or legibly print their article. 
The Writing Process (taken from the GED Writing book)
  • Gathering Ideas: First, examine the writing assignment and decide what you want to say about it. Then, begin to jot down notes on the topic. Write words and phrases. Use your experiences to help you think of ideas. Do not worry about organizing your list, spelling words correctly, or writing complete sentences. When you brainstorm, you simply list ideas as they come to you. As you write, think about the details you have gathered already and use them to think of new ideas. When you make an idea map (also called clustering) you write your ideas in a way that shows how they relate. 
  • Organizing:  In this stage, make sure that there are plenty of good ideas on the list, cross off ideas that are not about the topic, and then put the items on the list in order. You can use time order, order of importance, cause and effect, or comparison and contrast.
  • Writing:  Now, put the ideas you have gathered into sentence and paragraph form. Good writers don’t worry if they make a few mistakes while they write. They just focus on getting their ideas down on paper. 
  • Revising:  In this stage, good writers check their work. They make sure that the sentences are complete, the words are spelled correctly, and there are no other mistakes. 
Student Photo Process: A tightly cropped head and shoulders shot holding their book, so all students (including incarcerated) can participate.
The process of emailing, leaving a phone message and making an appointment – all make great lessons, too!
Chippewa County – Help your student make an appointment, by phone or email, with Louise Bentley.
Dunn County – Help your student make an appointment, by phone or email, with Laura Reisinger.
Eau Claire County – Have your student stop at the front desk anytime during office hours. Eau Claire staff will be able to take the photo. (Eau Claire office hours are: M 8-4:30; T 8-8; W&Th 8-4:30; F 8-12.)
Family Literacy – Have your student make an appointment in Room 104. 

How to Submit:  Stories can be submitted anytime, but must be received no later than April 1, 2016. Early entries are encouraged! In addition to the submission form, please have your student(s) sign the release form allowing us to publish their writings. There are several ways to submit:
  • Preferred method: Email the submission and release to lbentley@lvcv.org. The articles may be typed in Word or legibly handwritten; the release form should be scanned and attached to the email.
  • Drop off or mail the forms to the Eau Claire County office (address shown on form).
  • Fax the story and signed release form to 715-834-2546.