Lower School News
Lower School Literary Magazine Debuts
Anna loves to write stories—at recess and during any spare minute of the day. Ms. Kendall Strickler, Anna's 3rd grade teacher told Anna's mom about her passion, who in turn said she wished Anna had some creative outlet at school to do more with her writing.
"The idea for Paw Prints came to me later that day," said Ms. Strickler. Principal Margaret Andreadis enthusiastically supported the concept, and the rest of the Lower School faculty agreed. "So I ran with it!"
Students representing each grade and homeroom, 19 in all, worked on the magazine with Ms. Strickler. They helped with the name, gathering writing from their classmates, planning the release of the magazine and more. "Because this was a new and unanticipated idea, we had no budget to pay for printing," said Ms. Strickler. "So the students even planned and ran a bake sale to help raise the money for it."
All Lower School students are represented in the magazine. They were invited to submit one project from the school year—a poem, story, article, essay, or any other piece. One hundred copies of the magazine were printed and distributed to every student and teacher in the Lower School on the annual Read-In Day.
"The students were so excited about it," said Ms. Strickler. "I was really impressed with how they came together, older and younger students, to get it done. When they shared ideas, they were all careful to make sure everyone was heard, especially the littlest one in our group.
Ms. Strickler plans to produce the second edition of Paw Prints next year. "I think it's so important for our students to celebrate their writing, whether or not they think they are 'good writers.' Everyone is celebrated!"