Santa Maria Sun / School Scene
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 48
Guadalupe students author essays for Dunes Center book
BY CAMILLIA LANHAM
Environmental creative writing made its debut for Kermit McKenzie Junior High School students last spring. Now, a book featuring some of their essays has been published, and several students attended the book signing on Jan. 25 at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.
The Dunes Center writing project, The Dune Forum: Animals and Don’t Forget Plants Too, focused on wildlife, ecology, and astronomy. The project involved more than 100 students.
Seventh-grade student Mariann Andrade wrote an essay that piqued her interest in dendrology or botany.
“I would like to learn more about trees so that I can write about them,” Andrade said in a press release. “I am interested in learning how they grow up and become strong.”
Guadalupe students prepped for the task with science lessons about owl digestion and physiology, the origins of the sand dunes, and animal tracks. Essays and poems were written last spring, and more than 20 were published.
Junior high science teacher David Hosking said in the release that he encouraged his students to write creatively by using their imaginations.
“They were allowed to place themselves, their friends, family members, and whoever they wanted in the writing experience,” Hosking said. “My students enjoyed it, and I am more than proud of their efforts.”
Copies of the book are available at the Dunes Center in Guadalupe at 1065 Guadalupe St.
Supporters rally behind the de Groot Home Ready, willing, and cable: Is SLO County on the verge of a fiber-optic revolution? Jury awards $6.7 million in Cliffs lawsuit Residents appeal a Pismo Beach hotel project Cougars & Mustangs The living dead: Morro Creek Ranch is stumping its avocado trees, but they will rise again Signs of the times: Under threat of legal action, the Morro Bay Aquarium removed misleading signs