Writers Get Creative at Grade Schools

Seniors at Chaminade Julienne spent the school day January 8 showing elementary students at two area Catholic schools that it is never too early to start honing their writing skills.

Ten students taking Mr. Jim Brooks’ fourth year Creative Writing class volunteered to become the teachers during field trips to St. Anthony in Dayton and St. Albert the Great in Kettering. At each school students engaged children in grades 1-3 and 7-8 in writing poetry and stories, Mr. Brooks said.

“It was fun seeing the little kids’ eyes light up when we asked them what they wanted to write about,” said senior Bobby Krupa (pictured above), a graduate of Our Lady of the Rosary. “The day was a really great experience for the students and for me considering I’d like to pursue music education in college.”

Seniors were assigned a small group of grade schoolers to work with in each classroom. After posing a few fun writing prompts, leaders read illustrated children's’ stories aloud to the younger students and shared their own creative writing pieces with older students in a large group.

Fellow English classmate Leighanne Schwab, a graduate of St. Christopher, doesn’t plan to pursue a career in education, but said she has a knack for teaching and enjoyed working with the younger children. She recommends all students take a creative writing course at some point in their years of schooling no matter their plans for the future.

“You’ll use writing at all times throughout the course of your entire life, whether it is for work or school or just for fun, so why not get better,” she said.

Creative Writing at CJ is a single semester course open to seniors through an application process.

Congratulations to three English students who were recognized for their submissions in two area writing contests earlier this school year.

Senior Miranda Fryman took first place in the 16th annual Dayton Metro Library Poetry Contest for her poem titled "Fleetwood Drive." She received a $100 prize at the library’s Poetry Party on November. 10. Learn more and read Miranda's winning entry online at www.dayton.lib.oh.us.

Freshmen Bella Peters and Jacob Troutwine were each recognized for their essays submitted in the 13th annual Families Matter contest. The pair of Eagles took two of three top places in the high school category. A total of 20 student winners were recognized at a special November 23 banquet emceed by WDTN anchor Marsha Bonhart. View event photos and learn more at www.fsadayton.org.