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Where the Sidewalk Begins


Fall has arrived, signaling the decline of temperatures and the departures of leaves from trees. There is another sign for Writer’s Workshop students though that fall is officially here, and that sign is the Writer’s Walk.

Occurring on October 22, all of the students in Lauren Scholtes, Annie Flurry and Dylan Carter’s Writer’s Workshop put together an all day event celebrating all the work their students had done.

The first Writer’s Walk was 11 years ago, and the event was inspired from a thought of one of Flurry’s students years ago.

“One day when we were outside, a student asked if they could write their poems on the sidewalk, and hence an idea was born,” Flurry said.

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Students were released to the walk during their English classes. According to Flurry, English classes are chosen because the event is a celebration of the written language, a major component of English classes.

The whole process for Writer’s Walk started three and a half weeks ago. Students did such things as planning sidewalk art, bringing in candy, completing two posters, as well as publicizing and organizing their stations.

“For the football toss, which was my station, I made signs and came up with rules for the station,” Robert Rice, sophomore, said.

Flurry and other two teachers were in charge of insuring that every student contributed their fair share.

“We were also in charge of donations, publicity, communication with the staff, and inspiring students,” Flurry said.

The day of the event was a long one for the students. The students and teachers arrived at six in the morning to set up, and left anywhere between three fifteen to four thirty.

“The kids were great, they did a great job at taking stuff down, it could have taken a lot longer,” Flurry said.

There were many stations at this years Writer’s Walk. Stations included a pumpkin patch, burning of secrets, a football toss, and face painting.

Writer’s Walk has proven to be a favorite event among the students in Writer’s Workshop and one that has positively affected them.

“It’s really fun and inspiring and you get to be outside and away from school for awhile,” Jenn Stanley, senior, said. “It lets people see what we do in Writer’s Workshop and lets people show their interest in writing.

The event also happened to raise a lot of money for the literary society, Out of Hand. The Frosty Tavern, selling food and drink, plus the selling of tie-dye shirts raised over $500 for Out of Hand.

“Amy Leines and Ashley Ortega did a great job leading the Frosty Tavern, I was so excited about all that money raised,” Flurry said.

According to Flurry, Writer’s Walk was a big time success and was well run.

“We have already received many positive comments,” Flurry said. “I, along with Carter and Scholtes are very proud of all that the students did, it was incredible.”

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