Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

Every semester, Messiah College hosts a retreat called the RISE retreat to inspire these students who are children of immigrants and refugees by introducing them to higher education. The theme of this semester’s retreat was creativity, so some of my peers and I planned a poetry workshop for the students. The workshop began by reading… Continue reading Poetry Workshop with Immigrant Students

Where in the world is Kelly?

As of last week, I am halfway complete with my undergraduate degree in English with a teaching certificate in grades 7-12. This year was transformational for me in many ways. I spent fall semester studying abroad in Rwanda, where I took courses on the 1994 Genocide, African Religions, Economic Development, and Cultural Arts. I taught… Continue reading Where in the world is Kelly?

“Home,” Scene One

An African market: colorful kitenge, people bartering, and lots of noise, animals, and pandemonium. Two Americans, LISA and KAYLEE, are walking through the stalls. MERCHANT: Sister, welcome to Rwanda! I will make you a kitenge dress! Only four thousand francs! LISA: No, thank you. MERCHANT: Cheaper than anywhere else in the market! LISA: Maybe we’ll… Continue reading “Home,” Scene One

Life in Muhanga

During my time interning with JAM International, I lived in the Shyogwe sector of Muhanga district, Rwanda. Located to the southwest of Kigali, Muhanga is much more rural than the city I’ve come to call home. Living in a village surrounded by more cows than coffee shops took some getting used to, but after a… Continue reading Life in Muhanga

JAM International

I spent the month of October interning with JAM International at Fred Nkunda Technical Secondary School in Muhanga, Rwanda. At the school, students can choose to study in one of three vocational areas (in addition to earning a diploma): Hotel Operations, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, and Construction. JAM also offers a vocational training center where students… Continue reading JAM International

Young Writers Workshop

This past week I had the pleasure of being a Resident Adviser and Teacher’s Assistant at Messiah College’s Young Writer’s Workshop. The teens arrived on Sunday and went straight to their first writing class. There were three groups based on age and writing level. I was placed in the intermediate group of tenth and eleventh graders.… Continue reading Young Writers Workshop

Animal Kingdom Bible Camp

This past week I had the opportunity to be Craft Leader at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Bible Camp. I prepared four crafts for kids ages 2-11, which was a challenge because they had to be easy enough for a 2-year-old and still engaging to an 11-year-old. They also had to be animal-themed and relate… Continue reading Animal Kingdom Bible Camp

A Letter to My High School Newspaper

Dear high school newspaper, Thank you for giving me a purpose. When I took my first journalism class in the second semester of 10th grade, I worried that it would be another course with too much homework that I struggled to keep up with. I loved to write, but school caused a lot of stress… Continue reading A Letter to My High School Newspaper

The Achievement Gap

Horace Mann, educational reform leader and founder of the common school, declared public school to be “the great equalizer” because all students received the same education allocated by the state. While each school distributes similar materials and curricula, the quality of education differs immensely. Although public school was established in order to provide free, quality… Continue reading The Achievement Gap

Fellowship of Libraries

In an age in which books can be downloaded on e-readers from the comforts of home, and the internet provides the same information as encyclopedias at a faster rate, appreciation of libraries is decreasing at a rapid and alarming rate. However, the value of libraries has not decreased. People still depend on libraries in a… Continue reading Fellowship of Libraries