HPMEC Hosts Young Authors

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Sixth grade students from PES taking part in the after school program at HPMEC included, from left: Front-Madison Rahn, Shi Rigdon, Abby Dutka and Tanner Reaves. Center-Drake Featherston, Holden Tarno, Carlie Vancil, Catie Hill, Hayley Miller, Kirsten Smith and Maggie Williams. Back-Ryker Little, Jenna Owen, Jolie Owen, Faith Waymon, Jordan Tate, Matthew Cheshire, Ben Holcomb and Jackson Henfling.(courtesy photo)

A total of 20 sixth grade students from Piggott Elementary School recently completed the Young Authors 2014 program at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Educational Center.

Students recommended by their teachers participated in the four-week program after school on Wednesdays and received a spiral-bound collection of their original stories upon completion of the program.

This year's program ran from Jan. 22 to Feb. 19, with Adam Long, museum director, serving as the instructor.

According to Long, this year the writing focused on the museum's "Into the Wild" exhibit, which focuses on the 1933 to 1934 safari of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway. As part of their studies, the students were asked to imagine themselves on safari, to write a story from the perspective of an animal, and to tell a fable involving an African animal.

"I'm always amazed at the creativity of these students," Long said of the effort. "Their writing is fun to read."

Those taking part from PES included--Ryker Little, Jenna Owen, Jolie Owen, Faith Wymon, Jordan Tate, Matthew Cheshire, Ben Holcomb, Jackson Henfling, Drake Featherston, Holden Tarno, Carlie Vancil, Catie Hill, Hayley Hiller, Kirsten Smith, Maggie Williams, Madison Rahn, Shi Rigdon, Abby Dutka and Tanner Reaves.

HPMEC is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, located at 1021 West Cherry Street, Piggott, Ark. Tours are on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Those wanting additional information concerning the museum, or the programs offered, may contact Long by phone at 870 598-3487 or by email at adamlong@astate.edu

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