Each year the students from 2nd to 5th grade submit creative writings of narrative stories and poems to be published in a book called Starbright Express.
The students must write original works in their own voice of their own idea. Entries are judged by a group of teachers and parents at the end of Oct., Nov. and Dec. Those rating a low score have their entry returned and allowed to ‘try again.’ Those with high scores are eligible to have their story or poem edited by a senior at CHHS in the advanced English program. Rewrites are done by the author and resubmitted for consideration.
Once the entries are finalized they are typed and proofread by the Starbright Express team with clip art and the student’s picture included. A layout process completes the book for binding.
In April the bound completed book is presented to each author with a ribbon and certificate of achievement. Starbright Express is also included in the GES library for all students to check out in the upcoming years.
Starbright Express is a tradition at GES that the students enjoy and take great pride in being published. The creative writing process is an important skill to learn along with the lesson of editing and rewrites. Showcasing those student’s talents is an vital part of the writing process and an honor for those chosen.
It takes a ‘team’ of volunteers to publish Starbright Express. The lead chair coordinates the writers, judges, typists, proofreaders and assembly. The process starts in October and lasts until April. It is a great opportunity; however, to be a part of something so many students participate in and share their creative voices.
For any information or to join the Starbright Express team please contact:
Clarissa Beasley at email@example.com