Dear Tacoma students,
All of us at write@253 are so honored to work with you. You are our heroes, every one of you, no exceptions. Here’s why.
Every week, our volunteers head to McCarver and Roosevelt elementary schools and First Creek, Jason Lee, Baker and Stewart middle schools. You, students, have been in school all day, and here we come, when the end-of-school bell rings, with more projects for you.
Although you are often tired and hungry, sometimes frustrated and mad, often a little wild (who wouldn’t be after 6-7 hours of school?), you settle down to write stories, letters, and poems, to analyze and make art, to hear guest speakers, and to create movies. You tell us about yourself, through writing:
“Dear volunteers. My name is Tamara. I am in the 5th grade. I am ten years old. What makes me unique is that I will always be myself. I am most proud of my friends and family. When I grow up, I want to be a singer. My favorite subject in school is reading because it’s fun. I am scared of snakes.”
“Dear volunteers. My name is Helena. I am a person. I am ten years old. I am in fifth grade. I love reading and writing. I love different than other people. I am proud when I succeed in education and being myself. I am not proud when other people judge me. I walk away and talk to someone about it. I like to do sports. I play baseball a lot but I am interested in gymnastics. When I grow up I’m going to invent a time machine. Something that I am scared of, it is war. It is not nature’s way of peace.”
“Dear volunteers. My name is Pele. I’m in fifth grade, and I am ten years old. What makes me unique is that when I was one month, I almost died. I am proud when I have best friends to play with. My favorite subject is music because it is fun and we learn new stuff. I am good at making friends. I am scared of the dark and scary movies. I would create clay people, and I could get a lot of money and cars. Finally, I could change one thing in the world is to let my mom get me a new PS4. And change the world.”
“Dear volunteers. My name is Quentin. I’m in 4th grade and 10 years old. What makes me unique, I love books (I am not a girl, so what am I)? My favorite artists are Drake, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West and Michael Jackson. I’m most proud when my teachers congratulate me. My favorite subject is math (I’m not a nerd) because I’m the best at it. If I could create anything I would create flying cars if I could. Finally, if I could change one thing in the world, I would restart the world and tell everybody pollution is not nice and go to school!!!”
Students, you are all bright and beautiful, talented and tenacious. Thank you for letting us be even a small part of your education. We’ll do our best to make it a good one.