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This week in Edutopia, Owen Griffith explains how writing about gratitude can produce a host of different positive outcomes. Griffith recommends the regular practice of listing what we’re thankful for. He says, “Gratitude seems to work like a muscle, and the physical action of writing a gratitude list helps develop ‘gratitude muscles.'”
The benefits from this kind of writing are impressive. Griffith suggests that they include:
Keeping a gratitude journal on a daily basis helps students achieve the following:
- Higher grades
- Higher goals
- More satisfaction with relationships, life, and school
- Less materialism
- More willingness to give back.
For adults, keeping a gratitude journal enables people to:
- Be more optimistic
- Experience more social satisfaction
- Exercise more often
- Have less envy and depression
- Have fewer physical complaints
- Sleep better.
Perhaps this could become a Thanksgiving family activity? If you give it a try, let us know how it goes.
During the winter break WITS will offer a SLAM Camp for students in grades 5-8. Join us in the Heights Dec. 28-30th for fun with writing and performing. Register here or learn more about it.
We are excited to announce that WITS Teacher and Special Programs Manager, Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton, will perform at the We Are Girls Conference, produced by The Girls Empowerment Network.
This event is a multi-city extravaganza designed especially for girls in grades 3-8. This year’s theme is “Tell Your Story,” which fits right into the WITS mission.
We know that Deborah will serve as a powerful role model to these girls who are exploring creative self-expression and empowerment. Go, Deborah!
Meta-Four Houston will perform at this inspirational event hosted by The Houston Public Library on Friday! This is the write-up from HPL:
The Houston Public Library presents:
The Three Doctors
Hosted by Melanie Lawson with KTRK Channel 13
The Houston Public Library is pleased to present The Three Doctors to over 2,000 youth of the City of Houston.
This is an awesome opportunity for our youth to hear a compelling story about three young boys – much like themselves – who survived the tough inner city streets of Newark, New Jersey and became successful men. It is a story that will inspire and encourage our youth to win at life – no matter the odds.
We would be honored if you would support this important event through the gift of your time by attending The Three Doctors’ Presentation.
Who are The Three Doctors?
Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors, are extraordinary role models. These three doctors began with a childhood promise to persevere and become successful, prominent men, despite facing barriers growing up in the tough inner-city of Newark, New Jersey. They used positive peer pressure to overcome the many challenges they faced, thus allowing them the opportunity to realize their dream of each becoming a successful physician. Today, The Three Doctors give their time and resources through their Foundation, which stands on the premise that “Our Children Can Not Aspire to Be What They Can Not See.” They passionately share their remarkable story of perseverance to inspire and motivate young people to achieve education and career success through the formation of positive peer and mentor relationships.
Open those big black eyes
and plop those feet on the floor
I know it’s dark outside
I know you’re tired
But it’s Monday and
here you are again
So wake up and live
like there won’t be a Tuesday.
Today is the big day.
By Salome, 6th Grade
Are you a Meta-Four Houston – Youth Speaks – Brave New Voices alum looking to grow professionally and artistically? We have an exciting opportunity just for you! Apply today for a #FutureCorps Fellowship. Fellows will serve as full time salaried staff supporting their host organization in advancing its mission and capacity to create safe spaces for writings and performance opportunities that elevate youth voices. Additionally, fellows will receive training and mentor ship in leadership, marketing and communications, programming, fundraising and finance and operations. All applications are due November 1st, 2015.
Learn more & apply today at www.youthspeaks.org/bravenewvoices/future-corps
Do your kids love to write? Do they like to make big goals and get lots of support meeting them? Then, sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!
What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.
In 2014, over 300,000 adults participated through our main site, and nearly 90,000 young writers and educators participated through the YWP.
Go to YaNoWriMo website to ask questions and sign up today!
Dun dun dun
here it comes
fast and fat
here it comes
dun dun dun
By Sofia, 2nd Grade
Meta-Four Houston was well represented at TedX Houston 2015. Our coach and coordinator Outspoken Bean emceed the final session of the day-long event, and Meta-Four student Lily Bowman performed her poem “Monsters,” inspired by the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are.
Chop, chop says my dad
when he wants me to hurry up
Snap, snap says my sister
when she is being annoying
Blah, blah says my brother
who thinks he knows it all
Kiss, kiss says my mom
when she puts me to bed
By Loretta, 3rd Grade
The first Cool Brains reading of the season will be this Sunday at 3pm. Come hear Stephan Pastis, the author behind the hilarious Timmy Failure. This FREE event will be held at Johnston Middle School. For more information about this event, click here.
Night WrITerS at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Date: October 14, 2015
Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, October 14th from 6-8 pm, for a creative happy hour of words and friends. With an interactive workshop led by WITS Writer OutSpoken Bean, Night WrITerS allows you to meet people and have fun writing. All are welcome. A special thanks to Chef Monica Pope and Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for generously providing appetizers!
Cash bar. No charge, donations always appreciated.
Free writing and performance workshops take place every first Friday of the month atMECA Houston (1900 Kane St.) and every second Friday of the month at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney St.) from 6:30-8pm. Students ages 13-19 are welcome. No registration is required!
WITS Project Coordinator Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton will compete in a national poetry slam in Washington DC this weekend. Over 70 of the nation’s best poets will compete for the title of 2015 Individual World Poetry Champion, and DEEP will represent Houston. You can help her collect the rest of her expenses by clicking here. Or cheer for her via social media at @LiveLifeDEEP.
Mama always says I’m her sunshine
I am cheerful and bright
I am all about the light
My soul lets out a shine
I make the world feel fine
Mama always says I’m her sunshine
By Katelyn, 3rd Grade
Meta-Four Houston was invited to participate in the National Book Festival 2015 in Washington DC over the Labor Day weekend. Team members Rukmini and Lily attended the Library of Congress Gala, met Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, and performed to an audience of 1,000. Here are some photos from their trip.
Join us on October 3rd for Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening!
The WITS slam team Meta-Four will perform several times between 1 and 4 pm, and there will be many other ways for visitors to explore and enjoy interesting sites within the 160-acre park. They will be int the LISTEN section of the festivities.
Buffalo Bayou Park stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street.
Don”t miss this wonderful outdoors event that includes walking tours, lectures, children’s crafts, recreational opportunities, delicious food, live music, and POETRY!
The day will culminate with an illuminated parade and fireworks show.
This event is FREE and open to the public. See you there!
100 Thousand Poets for Change fights social injustice by using the arts to create social change. These artists sponsor readings in cities across the world, and this year’s day of international solidarity is September 26, 2015.
Please join 100 Thousand Poets for Change and put Houston on the map! Poet Billie Duncan is organizing city-wide readings, performances, and exhibits, and under John Locke’s guidance, University of Houston-Downtown will host Houston’s 3rd annual kick-off event. Details are as follows:
What: 100 Thousand Poets For Change (Houston’s Kick-Off Event)
Why: To Creatively Speak Against Social Injustice Through the Arts
When: Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: UHD Coffee House
Show up for an exciting evening where voices from across the city speak out against social injustice. See you there!