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Proctor school hosts local poet

This week, children's poet and teacher Ted Scheu will be a writer-in-residence at Proctor Elementary School. All 85 students in grades 3-6 at the public school will participate in hands-on, inspiring writing workshops.

The days of guidance and encouragement are made possible by a grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF), a nonprofit that works to nurture a love of reading and writing among children in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Scheu's sense of humor and enthusiasm enable him to connect with children and dramatically improve their writing and their confidence. Over the three days of workshops, he will work one-on-one with the students to help them craft their own pieces of writing.

Scheu has published three books, including "I Tickled My Teachers: 58 Hilariously Heartful School Poems", and his poems and stories are featured in numerous anthologies.

Sue Quesnel, the teacher at the Proctor school who applied for the CLiF grant, said, "We are really excited for this opportunity to have a real writer come in and bring writing to life. This age group has a hard time looking at their writing and revising. It will be a huge lesson for the kids to see that real writers revise their work and that it takes a lot of work to get there."

Quesnel also noted that the school was especially pleased to receive the grant because of restricted budgets.

Proctor Elementary School is one of nine schools in Vermont and New Hampshire to receive a CLiF Writer-in-Residence grant for spring 2010.

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