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To increase literacy awareness at our high school by having student driven activities that emphasize writing, reading and speaking. (Writing Or Reading @ Dixie = W.O.R.@D)

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W.O.R.@D Up!

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School:
Dixie Hollins High School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Jeannie Wallace 
Students Impacted:
40 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
September 15, 2014

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Joanne McIntyre - $870.00

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Goal

To increase literacy awareness at our high school by having student driven activities that emphasize writing, reading and speaking. (Writing Or Reading @ Dixie = W.O.R.@D) 

 

What will be done with my students

We have 3 separate arms of the literacy team. The biggest is our spoken word poetry group. They attend workshops with a poet, then write and perform their poems. The book club book club meets weekly at lunch and reads at least four Florida Teen Reads books together. They also sponsor activities like Teen Read Week, Read Across America, and Battle of the Books. Our third arm is the writing group. They meet with our literacy coach, a former creative writing teacher, who will work with them on their original writing (mostly short stories and novels).
As an entire group, we sponsor 2 competitive activities among classrooms and students, including a door decorating contest and a costume contest.

We are also taking on a service project. Last year we held a fund raiser and purchased books for our teen parenting program. This year we are hoping to collect books for K-6 grade and ship them to an alumnus who is serving in the Peace Corps in St. Lucia, West Indies.  

 

Benefits to my students

Who knows better than students how to get other students interested in increasing their writing and reading skills? Our school has traditionally been low-performing but in recent years, our standardized test scores in reading have shown solid gains. We would like to continue gaining ground. Just making reading and writing appealing through our literacy team activities should help maintain and increase those scores.  

 

Describe the Students

We accept anyone who shows an interest in reading and writing into our club. There are no dues. We have a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-gender group from all four grade levels. Some of our students are honor roll students bound for college; others are potential drop outs. We have students with special needs in our group also.  

 

Budget Narrative

We would like to heighten our profile by providing shirts for all team members and the adults who help at our various activities. Our service project for this year is to provide books for a K-6 school in the West Indies which is being organized by one of our alumni who is serving in the Peace Corps (he is pictured above). We would like to provide incentives to classes and to individuals who compete in our activities (door decorating, essay contests, literary trivia contests). And finally, we want to print chapbooks this year of our students' writing (short stories, creative essays, etc.). These are the reasons for the four budget items. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 40 t-shirts (including Battle of the Books team t-shirts) $400.00
2 Shipping 2 boxes of books to St. Lucia $170.00
3 Incentives for competitions $100.00
4 50 copies of chapbook of stories by students $200.00
  Total: $870.00

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