The Words on the Street program has four phases: Presenting students with role models whose achievements are due to literacy; encouraging parental involvement to improve outcomes; implementing experiential learning to make literacy relevant; and providing incentives by rewarding creativity.
The awards ceremony is the culmination of the fourth and final phase of the program. Every workshop participant has the opportunity to participate in a red carpet event where their work is recognized. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres are served, political, business and media leaders are present, and program partners are represented. Every workshop participant receives a certificate, first place winners are rewarded with cash prizes, and every participant leaves with a parting gift.
The purpose of the awards ceremony is to demonstrate in a tangible fashion that academics are rewarded, that recognition is there for the taking, and that bigger things are possible through reading, writing and literacy. We are convinced that granting this type of reward creates an impression that not only helps students to excel in this program, but to see the value in excelling in future academic endeavors.In our inaugural awards ceremony, businessman David Simms of Eatible Delights Catering presented two-year Words on the Street participant Brittany Spicer of Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus with a $250 scholarship to assist with expenses in her freshman year at Susquehanna University, where she is studying writing.
We were able to present cash awards and scholarships due to the generosity of our partners in the foundation and business community, and we were able to collect additional books for schools through the generosity of Barnes and Noble. We look for even bigger things as Words on the Street continues to expand its reach, cultivate new partnerships, and impact more students and parents.
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