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Tennis & treats benefit for Great Valley Writing Project
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Not all students or teachers are in vacation mode during the summer months before the beginning of the new school year in August. For many of them, school has not been on hiatus, thanks to the Great Valley Writing Project’s writing and technology workshops.

The classes at various campuses in Manteca, Lathrop and Ripon, have actually been in full swing since May. The sessions in Manteca have already wrapped up. The workshop at Woodward School was sold out before it even started, pointing to the popularity of these summer learning opportunities.

But there are still sessions available in July. The Lathrop workshop at San Joaquin County Office of Education’s one.Lathrop site located at the northeast corner of West Louise Avenue and Harlan Road will run July 15-16. This is open to students who will be entering grades one to seven in the fall. On the same dates will be another workshop in Tracy at SJCOE’s one.Harmony site. This is for those who will enter grades six to 12 in August.

These two-week learning opportunities teach young participants valuable lessons in writing and publishing – online or in the printed media – as well as multimedia-technology skills under the tutelage and guidance of experienced GVWP consultants and teachers.

These non-profit summer workshops are made available through GVWP and the California State University, Stanislaus. The workshops are made possible through the support of public as well as private funds. One of the biggest contributors to GVWP’s literacy programs has been the Bill Harris Family Foundation. In previous years, the Harris family hosted an annual fund-raiser to benefit this project. This year, the family is hosting a Breakfast at Wilbledon, “a day of tennis and treats” (champagne brunch) for students in Manteca, Lathrop and Ripon as well as teachers in South San Joaquin County who are involved in the literacy programs and writing and technology workshops offered through GVWP. It takes place July 7.

Donations to keep the GVWP summer workshops and literacy programs going every summer are always welcome. For additional information about how to be a benefactor or donor, or to obtain more information about the Great Valley Writing project and the tennis fund-raiser, contact Melissa King at or (209) 838-2115; Sally Hale at or (209) 605-3895, or the GVWP office at or (209) 667-3490.