November 27, 2010

Special day for creative writers

Sunday will be a very special day for hundreds of Bay Area school kids who are participating in the Stanford Women's Basketball Creative Writing Program.

You may recall that earlier this year, Sarah Boruta applied for and Stanford received a $50,000 grant from the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Grant Program to increase awareness, exposure and attendance of women's basketball. Stanford Women's Basketball is using the grant to implement a literacy and creative writing program for 3rd-5th graders in the Bay Area (more information here).

Sarah reports that nearly 4,000 students from 41 schools throughout the Bay Area are participating in the pogram.

The first phase of the program (Workbook 1) was completed last week. Each participating teacher chose a class winner and sent his/her story to Sarah, who will select an overall winner from each grade level (3, 4, & 5).

Each participating student received a voucher to attend the Stanford vs Texas game on Sunday. At halftime, the overall winners will be announced and all class winners will be acknowledged for their achievement. There will be a team autograph session following the game, so the students will be able to meet selected Stanford team members and receive autographs.

Sarah further reports that she and Lauren Greif have been taking players on visits to the participating schools. The player talks to the students, holds a Q&A session, gives away a few tickets and posters, and plays with the students at recess. Each visit has gone well, with the players being well received and the teachers and students being excited about Stanford Women’s Basketball and coming to the game on November 28.

Nneka on a school visit

The creative writing program is continuing with two more workbooks. The winners of Workbook 2 will be acknowledged at the Stanford vs USC game on January 22. The winners of Workbook 3 will be acknowledged at the Stanford vs Oregon game on February 26.

Here is the online version of Workbook 1 (large PDF file).

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