Local teachers will tell you that you can tell who the fellows of the WNY Writing Project are by the light in their eyes. If you live in Western New York and you’re visiting me here, chances are you know what I’m talking about. You know who these people are, and you know how substantial and far-reaching that community’s influence is. I’ve spent the better part of my professional life longing to be a part of their summer institute, along with most of my friends and colleagues. It’s a commitment I’ve never had enough vacation time to take, and now I’m wondering if this will remain on my list of lost opportunities.
Every afternoon, when I drive past my daughter’s school, I’m reminded by the sign out front that education turns darkness into light. I love seeing this. I believe this. I know that you do too.
This weekend, the folks over at The Cooperative Catalyst inspired a bit of a blogging movement, in honor of the National Writing Project. An archive of posts is taking shape there. It’s good reading for a good cause. Go visit. Then, do what you can to keep the lights on at the National Writing Project.