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Teacher Cassie Gregory is pictured with first-grade student Ja’Nae Owens at the 2012 Writing & Technology Workshop. During the regular school year, Ja’Nae attends Veritas School in Manteca.

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POSTED April 8, 2013 1:26 a.m.

Summer is just around the corner. It means a lot of things to many students – vacation trips with family and friends, swimming lessons, part-time jobs, and visits to the park.

For dozens of local kids, from kindergarten to 12th grade, summer is a special opportunity for them to hone up their writing and technological skills, thanks to a program called the Great Valley Writing Project (GVWP) offered through the California State University, Stanislaus. In the process, these future authors and master technical artists get to have the products of their creative juices published at the same time online.

In the South San Joaquin County area, there will be five school campuses which will be playing hosts to these two-hour GVWP Writing and Technology Workshops. The classes will be held during the week from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Below is the schedule of these workshops and their locations:

• June 3-14 – Walter Woodward Elementary School, open to students entering 3rd to 8th grades in August.

• June 3-14 – Ripon Elementary and Ripon High, open to students entering 1st to 12th grades in August.

• July 15-26 – One.Lathrop School for students entering 1st to 6th grades in August.

• July 15-26 – One.Harmony School in Tracy for students entering 6th to 10th grades in August.

The workshops are subsidized by contributions from local businesses and private donations; no taxpayer dollars are used. Enrollment fees for the two-week programs range from $120 to $150 per student, depending on the enrollment date. The earlier the enrollment, the greater is the discount.

Manteca Bulletin readers who register online by April 14 may apply a promotional code to receive a maximum $30 discount on any workshop. Promotional code = Manteca Bulletin.

Local families who qualify for financial assistance may apply for full scholarships through Give Every Child a Chance. GECAC tutoring applications are available at school offices in Manteca, Lathrop, and Ripon, or parents may call the GECAC office at (209) 825-7003. Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

These nonprofit workshops are designed to help emerging writers, budding authors, and college-bound students develop their creative and academic writing talents. Guided by a large staff of GVWP consultants, classroom teachers, and technology instructors, young writers develop confidence and skill in a collaborative setting that is optimal for productivity and learning. Students work slosely with mentor teachers as they polish and publish their work, gaining new mastery of writing styles, composition strategies, editing techniques, and multimedia tools.

In 2012, the program assigned at least one teacher to every five students; the ratios should be the same this year.

Technology plays a major role in the workshops. Students at all grade levels use computers daily to compose, polish, and publish their work. During the last week of the program, each young writer submits final drafts for publication. The student-created web site at http://gvwp.weekly.com provides program information and links to view workshop photos and student projects.

The online registration page at http://writing.eventbee.com provides full details.

Also, on June 3-14, the GVWP at Cal State Stanislaus will also host a writing seminar for students entering grades 4 through 9 in the fall. Registration fee is $250 which includes all class materials, a GVWP T-shirt and an anthology of the students’ writing. A family discount is available for two or more students. To register, contact Alyssa Coelho or the GVWP o ffice at (209) 667-3490 or gvwp@cststan.edu.

The GVWP was established in 1983 and is a local site of the National Writing (NWP) project, the most significant coordinated effort to improve writing in the United States. NWP sites, located on 200 university and college campuses, serve more than 135,000 participants every year.

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