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Crowdfunding Revives Western Massachusetts Writing Project's Youth Writing Adventure

Publication: Daily Hampshire Gazette
Date: March 29, 2016

Summary: Ten years after going dormant as a result of budget cuts, Western Massachusetts Writing Project's youth program has returned, offering 144 elementary and high school students a day of writing workshops thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign.


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One goal of the Youth Writing Adventure is simply to bring students who might never see a university up close, and might not entertain the idea of enrolling in the future. 'Spending time on a university campus during the `tween' years can encourage young people who might not otherwise see college in their futures to imagine themselves as college students and strive to make it happen,' says the program's fundraising webpage.

We are pleased to see the return of the Youth Writing Adventure, but would like to see state and federal money secured to give this program and others like it a reliable future.

This program offers an opportunity for students and teachers to deepen their writing and communications skills. And in some cases, it may be the only field trip some children take. 'All the kids wanted to come,' said Hamel, the teacher from Holyoke.

We say, listen to the kids."

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