Educators at Amity Middle School in Orange are on a mission to empower and encourage young people to become “lifelong learners” (Amity Mission Statement). Amity Middle School in Orange teachers and staff are continually seeking out new and exciting enrichment opportunities for students to explore. This year Ms. Deirdre O’Leary, (7th grade English teacher Team X) and Ms. Mary Kozan, (English intern) teamed up to offer 7th grade students a rewarding reading and writing enrichment opportunity. “Letters About Literature” is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.
Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter “Letters About Literature” each year (http://read.gov/letters/). The contest is an integral part of the 2015-2016 Library of Congress National Reading-Writing Promotion Program. Eight 7th grade student volunteers jumped at the chance to refine their skills, examine their writing, and discuss their love of literature. The students met as a group regularly with Ms. O’Leary and Ms. Kozan to share ideas and revise their contest entries. Recently Wendy Glenn, CT State Coordinator (Neag School of Education – University of Connecticut), announced that the Letters About Literature national screening committee selected five Amity Middle School in Orange students as state-level finalists: Camilla Bautista, Abigail Bonat, Caroline Chen, MaCaelan Rahn, and Morgan Rahn. The Amity Middle School in Orange community would like to extend a warm congratulations to these students and their families.
Pictured left to right:: Deirdre O’Leary (English teacher), Camilla Bautista, Morgan Rahn, Abigail Bonat, Caroline Chen, and Macaelan Rahn