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Versailles school's 'Writing on the Walls' project a 'community celebration of literacy'


'The Writing on the Walls' project at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles is aimed at showing students the importance of writing in all facets of life. (Graphic from Wikimedia Commons)

‘The Writing on the Walls’ project at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles is aimed at showing students the importance of writing in all facets of life. (Graphic from Wikimedia Commons)


 

By Erin Grigson
KyForward Intern
 
While some people may see “The Writing on the Walls” as a bad omen, at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles, it means preparing students for the future.
 
Teacher Brittany Ehrlich and the writing team at the Woodford County school created this “community celebration of literacy” to share with students the importance of writing in all facets of life.
 
“The proposal was to bring reflection to the community as to the writing process and to help students become aware that writing is a component in multiple walks of their lives, not just in school,” Ehrlich said. “People who make business plans write, people who are musicians write, so ‘Writing on the Walls’ is something new this year.”
 

Brittany Ehrlich's students have been working on the project (Photo provided)

Brittany Ehrlich’s students, Ricky Bryant and Felicity Ward, have been working on the project the entire school year. (Photo by Brittany Ehrlich)

Over the span of this school year, the team has been compiling student work, grades K-5, as well as work from other people around the community and the state.
 
“The most difficult part in getting work for this project is that it is so vague. We’re just like ‘Send in your writing.’ But if you make a grocery list, you’re writing. If you are applying for a job, you’re filling out an application,” she said.
 
The school will display this work literally on the walls of the school from May 5-9 for the students to see. On May 6, the school will be open to the public from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Ehrlich said it will be a mix between a museum and a fair, with politicians, authors and musicians present.
 
Ehrlich and the team will be accepting work from the community until Monday, April 28. They encourage people to submit any form of writing including but not limited to poems, stories, songs, plays, blogs, essays and letters. Any example of writing is welcome.
 

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Students like Catherine Renteria have learned the importance of writing in all facets of life. (Photo by Brittany Ehrlich)

Many of the teachers at the elementary are actively involved in higher education, so college readiness is already on their minds.
 
“It’s a little early, but it plants the seeds for them to think about it. When you think schoolwork is just so hard, you realize there is light at the end of the tunnel. And at that age, you don’t understand it,” Ehrlich said.
 
Mail writing examples to Simmons Elementary, 830 Tyrone Pike, Versailles, Ky., 40383.
 
For more information, email Tina Cooper.
 
 
 

Erin Grigson is a senior at the University of Kentucky, where she is majoring in journalism and music education.


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