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William Monroe Middle Student Earns Recognition for Poem

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William Monroe Middle Student Earns Recognition for Poem

Stanardsville, VA, January 28, 2019

Emma Ray, a sixth-grade student at William Monroe Middle School (WMMS), earned recognition last week for her poem No Wasted Paper. Ray earned Second Place in the Poetry category for middle school students in the University of Virginia Fralin Art Museum’s Writer’s Eye Contest. Students from 36 public schools and 19 independent schools from around central Virginia participated in the contest.

In October, WMMS teachers Lindsay Thomas and Ms. Hammer took students to the Fralin museum on a field trip. According to Ms. Thomas, “I felt strongly about attending this year. This field trip provides students with the opportunity to visit a college campus and an art museum.” Ms. Thomas said that the students engage in conversation with representatives from the museum about various works of art. The students then select one artist and one piece as the subject for their writing. “The students use their knowledge, higher order thinking and everything they’ve learned in our class to draft a piece of high-quality writing,” said Ms. Thomas.

Ray’s poem was based on a painting by Nancy Graves titled Region of the Moon. According to Ray, “I was inspired by the painting because it reminded me of my home and my family. It made me think of a paper we might have lying around on our coffee table that we doodle and write on and wanting to hold onto it. It’s really about family.”

Greene County Schools is proud of Emma and all of our students who worked hard on their writing while participating in this contest. We are also fortunate to have educators like Ms. Thomas and Ms. Hammer who provide our children with unique opportunities beyond the four walls of the classroom. The Writer’s Eye Contest is a great example of the innovative approach to education that Greene County has embraced.