English Language Learner Students to be honored for Creative Writing tonight


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Highline Public Schools will be holding community celebration to honor the winners of this year’s English Language Learners (ELL) creative writing contest tonight – Wednesday, May 29 – at the Burien Public Library.

“It is a really positive event that involves lots of families and honors students who don’t often get to stand in the spotlight for their academic achievements,” said Stephanie Forman, ELL facilitator.

Over a hundred students in Highline’s ELL program participated in the writing contest for grades 7-12.  Entries focused on The American Dream were evaluated by a panel of community judges.

“Students and teachers have broad flexibility in terms of the format, length, and content of their work,” Forman added. “These students produced excellent, thoughtful essays. Congratulations to the students for their worthy writings and to their proud teachers.”

Students benefitted from mentoring by volunteers with 826 Seattle, who helped them polish their work. 826 Seattle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to tutoring and inspiring young people with their writing. The winner’s work will be published by 826 Seattle in a booklet.

For a complete list of the winners, click here.

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