During June the Morehead Writing Project held three summer writing camps for kids. Global Graffiti: Writing for Change was held June 4-8 at Hannah McClure Elementary School in Clark County and McBrayer Elementary School in Rowan County as well as July 11-15 on the campus of Morehead State University.
Forty campers entering grades 4-8 were challenged to write about their world. They created ebooks and web pages while exploring and experimenting with language and technology. They pursued nonfiction topics ranging from animals to culture to activism and developed an increased awareness of the power of rhetoric to change the world. The June 4-8 camps used the RealeWriter software created by Mark Condon of Unite For Literacy to produce books which will be published electronically and made available to children around the world. The children in both camps had the opportunity to work with Condon during the camps. The June 11-15 camp included RealeWriter books but also published in other formats including blogs, wikis, and web pages.
The camps were led by Kathy Miller of Hannah McClure Elementary School in Clark County; Carla Thompson of McBrayer Elementary School in Rowan County and Dusti Miller of Bath County Middle School; and Abby Thomas of McNabb Middle School in Montgomery County. Brandis Carlson of Straub Elementary School in Mason County and Tonia Hunt-Gibson of Bath County Middle School also played important roles in planning and leading the summer camps. Morehead Writing Project Outreach Co-Director Tim Reding coordinated the camps and Morehead State University student volunteers Caitlyn Lacey, Whitney Jones, Megan Ison, all English Education majors; Scott Stanley of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and Nellie MacDonald of the Middle Grades program.
Photos of the camps and activities are featured in the Global Graffiti photo album.
Photos of the MSU campers grouped by school district are featured in this gallery.