The National Writing Project Supports Silver International
By Flor Torres
Silver International is getting a $1000 grant from
the National Writing Project in California to help with its printing costs.
According Dr. Barbara Bass, the co-director of the
Maryland Writing Project, the National Writing Project is sending the money to
Silver International because “they believe it is a wonderful combination
of teacher/student collaboration and outreach to promote ELL [English Language
Learner] issues.” Also they believe Silver International is a good model
The National Writing is Project is a network of
over 185 sites across the United States and around the world. The Maryland Writing
Project is part of the National Writing Project. “The National Writing Project
seeks to improve the teaching of writing at all levels of education, kindergarten
through university,” Dr. Bass said.
According to Mr. Bellino, the advisor of Silver
International, he and Dr. Bass applied for the grant to help Silver International.
“Silver International is different from most other school newspapers because
it publishes the writing of English language learners in many different schools
in the United States and in other countries,” Mr. Bellino said. “But
it’s very expensive.”
To print Silver International. it costs $3000 a
year. Silver International prints 4,200 copies for each issue and it prints three
issues a year. Silver International doesn’t get any money from the school
system and it doesn’t sell advertisements. It gets money from subscription
sales, donations, and fundraising projects. For example, sometimes the Silver
International staff members sell pizza after school.
In addition to the money to help print Silver International,
the Maryland Writing Project received money to be used by Mr. Bellino to give
presentations at teachers’ conferences to help others learn about Silver
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