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Posted October 12, 2010

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New Mexico Poet Mentors APS Freshmen

New Mexico author/poet Jason L. Yurcic will mentor Gina Marselle's freshmen English students in a writer's workshop at Cibola High School. The program is funded through two grants that Marselle wrote and won. The awards are for a total of about $5,100.

One of the grants is from New Mexico Arts a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the other is from Join-a-School Creative Art Program. The workshop series is called Youth Poets Unleashed, which promotes the importance of literacy through a writer's workshop series throughout the 2010-2011 school year.

The program follows state language arts standards and benchmarks. The theme of the series is personal journey. Students will read and write poetry about such concepts as education, goals, diversity, heritage and culture in order to promote literacy. Moreover, students will gain appreciation for artistic expression through this writer's series. In addition, Marselle’s students will write and edit work for a best poem for publication in a book. Students will share their published poems with the public at two assemblies in April 2011.

To learn more about this program contact Gina Marselle at her email: marselle@aps.edu

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