Monday, January 18, 2010

Fighting for Truth, Justice and Creativity

The Brooklyn Super Hero Supply Shop in Park Slope Brooklyn, ("The one stop for all your foe battling needs") has a secret identity and a secret mission. Concealed behind a hidden door, is 826 NYC, a "mild-mannered non-profit organization that helps kids with creative writing."

826NYC "offers free evening and weekend workshops designed to foster creativity, strengthen writing skills, and provide students with a forum for executing projects they might not otherwise have the support to undertake. Workshops range from the playful to the practical, and all are taught by volunteer writers, artists, educators, and publishing professionals."

In this This NPR (National Public Radio) story, we hear kids taking part in a SuperHero Workshop. Though the story and the program are in Brooklyn, there are 826NYC chapters around the country, including Seattle. Unfortunately, we do not, at least at this time, have a chapter in Portland, but there are lots of ideas in the story that you can use to enhance a writing lesson and bring out the creative side of your aspiring super heroes. These include the elements of stories, ways to stimulate creative writing, literacy and encouraging kids to be creative. Click here to stream the story.

I think you will agree with me that it is fun, funny and filled with truth, beauty and inspriring ideas.