SOUTH TEXAS WRITING PROJECT
On behalf of Daniela Rodriguez 2
By Daniela Rodriguez
The Bridge Contributor D e a r L a r e d o Community, It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in any of the South Texas Writing Project activities that we have planned throughout the year such as our Fall Conference in October, Border Voices in the Spring, and our summer camps in July. STWP strives to help our Laredo community embrace writing and build a community of lifelong learners at any age. We thank those of you who have already taken part of our many activities such as the Sacred Heart Children's Toiletry Drive, the Summer Institute and these summer's camps: “Exploring the
Universe through Writing,” “Writing and Reading in the Digital Age,” “The Super Media Patrol Camp,” and “Writing and Reading 101.” We are community united in ensuring that everyone, including students and teachers, strengthen their writing skills is sure to reap the benefits for years to come. As the STWP Co-Director, I invite you to call or email if you are interested in participating or learning about our local project that services the needs of our teachers and students here in Laredo and surrounding areas. Thank you for your support. Daniela Rodriguez STWP Co-Director 956-489-0347 firstname.lastname@example.org u Texas A&M International University Faculty
STWP Hosts Camps at TAMIU By Jessica Rodriguez The Bridge Newspaper The month of July, notorious for its extreme heat, experienced some unexpected flooding, a charming visitor named Alex and most importantly, saw some very educational summer camps at TAMIU. The South Texas Writing Project hosted several writing camps in an effort to help students from both primary and secondary schools with their writing. Through the planetarium, the students were taught to soar through space, write in a digital age and the basics in reading and writing. The STWP, in conjunction with The Bridge Student Newspaper, held its first writing camp for future journalists and photojournalists. All the
camps provided different methods of writing for the students that established a fun and creative atmosphere. “These camps help to enrich the minds of the students with hands-on activities and creative writing,” stated Daniela Rodriguez, STWP CoDirector. Through the STWP, students from schools around Laredo and Encinal have benefited from the dedicated professors and their interest in writing. These camps have given many students a good university experience and will continue to do so for years to come. For more information on the South Texas Writing Project Summer Institute or Summer Camps, please visit their website at http://www.tamiu.edu/coas/lla /stwp/.
The Bridge Newspaper would like to thank Aramark for the delicious food provided to us during the camp.
The Bridge Newspaper would like to thank the South Texas Writing Project for their support in making this “Super Media Patrol Camp” a success.
On behalf of Dr. Bernice Sanchez-Perez By Dr. Bernice Sanchez Perez The Bridge Contributor Dear Community,
As Director of the South Texas Writing Project, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued support of the STWP Federal Grant. The South Texas Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, has been part of the Laredo community for 12 years and is currently housed at Texas A&M International University within the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education. Our mission both locally and nationally is continued focus on the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners. The South Texas Writing Project supports a community of writers, supports volunteer work within the community, provides professional development
opportunities, and provides summer youth camps for kids. The community of writers, known as Teacher Consultants, engages in Writing Retreats and volunteer service work in conjunction with community organizations throughout the year. Our annual fall conference consists of various professional development sessions across grade levels and content areas. The Summer Institute presents on-going professional development opportunities and graduate credit through TAMIU. Summer Youth camps at TAMIU for elementary and secondary students focus on student centered activities that integrate reading, writing, and technology within fun learning environments. Overall, the primary goal of our youth summer camps is to encourage the importance of reading and writing and love of learning in the early and adolescent years of Laredo's youth. Once again thanks to the Laredo community and TAMIU for its continued support of the South Texas Writing Project. Dr. Bernice Sanchez-Perez Director, South Texas Writing Project Texas A&M International University