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Lower School Writers Chosen for World Artists Experiences Anthology

Congratulations to the four Lower School writers who have had their original work selected for the 2017 World Artists Experiences (WAE) anthology, chosen through the WAE competitive writing contest.

Several students in 3rd and 4th Grade entered their writing in this year's WAE writing contest. WAE, a nonprofit committed to building bridges for international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy in communities, colleges and schools, uses its annual writing contest to encourage Maryland students to think creatively about bridges to the world. The 2016-17 writing project topic was "Building a More Peaceful World Through Kindness and Compassion."

Four students in 4th Grade had their writing selected for inclusion in the WAE anthology set for publication in April 2017. Gracie and Brooke wrote narrative stories about times when they experienced or witnessed compassion. Kennedy wrote a poem. Abigail's narrative received honorable mention. These students will receive a copy of the anthology. They will be recognized for their contribution at a special celebration at The Austrian Embassy on May 5th and will be accompanied by their proud families, teachers and Gail Hutton, Head of the Lower School.

Below, from left: Gracie, Kennedy, Abigail and Brooke:

"The GFS students were well-equipped to write about the WAE-chosen topic of compassion, not only because of their many experiences writing narratives during the GFS Writers' Workshop program, but also because of their consistent work with the GFS Core Value, Be Compassionate," notes Erin Hirsch Viana, 4th Grade teacher.

In its 12-year history, WAE has partnered with over one 115 countries around the world to present their diverse and rich culture through numerous experiences. WAE coordinates cultural activities with schools and colleges to aid teachers in helping their students learn more about the people and cultures of the world. "Poetry and prose are powerful ways to help us better understand not only the world we live in, but also our relationship to that world. We encourage you to continue to write as a means of exploring your role as a world citizen," was WAE's message to the young writers. We couldn't agree more.

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