Local Students Express Themselves at Literacy SLAM Showcase

August 03 2016
Category: The Arts

Art and literacy fused together in self-expression as eight local high school students celebrated the culmination of a weeklong literacy program at the First Annual Literacy SLAM Showcase. The event, held in Gibson Theatre, was hosted by students in the Master of Science in Education: Literacy: Birth to 12 program, under the leadership of Dr. Deborah Owens and Professor Marty Evans.

During their week on-campus, the group of ninth- and tenth-grade students worked with the graduate students to explore poetry, art, and the ideas of self-portraits and self-expression. The Showcase then gave each student a chance to share their creations of original poetry and art fusion self-portraits with family, friends, and the campus community.

“Throughout the week, the students really started to come out of their shells and they truly shared personal and reflective pieces during the showcase,” reflected Dr. Deborah Owens. “We are excited to expand and continue this program at Elmira College.”

As part of the event, Donald Keddell was honored with the First Annual “Our Friend” Award in recognition of his service to the community and the youth of Chemung County. Keddell serves as Board Chair of the Greater Southern Tier BOCES, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center and the Chemung County Childcare Council. He is also active in the Family Reading Partnership, Horseheads Family Resource Center, Arctic League, and Regional Math, Science and Technology (MST) Connect.

At the end of the showcase, each student was presented a certificate for completing the weeklong program.