Here’s what we’ve been up to this past month! If you are interested in bringing a program to your school or organization, email Jennifer Chauhan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Bank Middle School
On November 2, the Girl Scout troop from Saint Leo the Great visited our studio to write with us so they could earn their Scribe patch! We read “A House Called Tomorrow,” by Alberto Ríos, and then created lists of what makes up our “houses”–things we like, adjectives that describe us, hobbies, activities, values, goals, etc. We pulled these thoughts off of our lists to craft original poetry full of imagery and insight. Then we ended the session with a Write-a-Thon! The girls were so excited to write and share their work with us. We can’t wait until they come back again!
College Essay at Red Bank Regional High School
At Shore House this month, we read “How to Paint a Donkey,” by Naomi Shihab Nye. Then we wrote our own “How To” poems–but we put a gratitude twist on the prompt. Instead of just writing how to do something, we wrote about how to allow ourselves to accept gratitude. We talked about how much easier it is to give gratitude than it is to receive, so we used our writing time today to practice receiving. At the end, we each wrote something we are grateful for and added it to our gratitude jar. We are so thankful for Shore House!
21st Century Community Learning Center (Long Branch)
Teen Anxiety: Community Conversation & Panel Discussion
A Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs
On the third Monday of the month, we co-host a workshop with SoulShine Studios at the Bungalounge in the Bugalow Hotel in Long Branch. This month, after yoga and meditation led by Jennifer Borenius, we read the poem “When Giving Is All We Have,” by Alberto Rios, and then freewrote on the idea of giving. In our discussion, we reflected on the importance of giving to ourselves and made a plan to write gratitude letters to ourselves. We love how this group has grown and look forward to our next session on Monday, December 16.
This month at Lunch Break with the Womyn’s Worth mentoring group, we continued with our gratitude-themed writing. We began by reading Albert Rios’ poem “When Giving Is All We Have” and then reflected about what giving means to us. After sharing, we jotted down names of people we are thankful for and began drafting handwritten thank you letters that we will give to them in the upcoming weeks. We are so thankful for our partnership with Lunch Break and the opportunity to work with these inspiring women!