By Yenling Yang, AALEAD Elementary Program Intern
AALEAD’s DC Elementary School Program is continuing its streak of fun and laughter and as we wrap up our fourth week, we have an announcement! Our 114 students have worked tirelessly for 5 workshop days and we are proud to release our first issue of our AALEAD Summer 2013 Newsletter!
Our 1st through 5th grade youth have channeled their creative talent these past weeks into drawings, paintings, poems, essays and much more! They have reflected on our field trips to the farm and to the museums and written about our different workshops and activities. Our students have also delved deeper and have written pieces about identity, goals, bullying, and friendship. With so many ideas bouncing around their heads, it’s no surprise that they cultivated a mountain of pieces that were suitable for submission to our newsletter.
Speaking of submissions, we could not be more proud of our rising sixth graders who have taken charge of this project and have been responsible for putting the entire newsletter together. At the beginning of the summer, our sixth graders were divided into three “Committees”: Submissions, which chose (and then edited!) the pieces that made it into the newsletter; Graphics, which worked on typography and created our amazing header; and Layout, which experimented with different newsletter outlines in an effort to craft their own! These students have worked diligently to make sure all the words were spelled correctly, colored inside the lines, and make all text boxes the same size. No time was wasted as we looked over everything once, twice, and even three times! Luckily, all the hard work paid off because we are now able to release our first issue. It was eye-opening to see what a group of young people was capable of doing when given the opportunity to take charge of a project that represents the entirety of our AALEAD elementary summer program!
Check out our newsletter here!
Kudos to all our elementary summer program kids! You all did a great job! Stay tuned for the next issue!