Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2004

Popular Children's Author and Illustrator Lynn Loux to Lead
21st Annual Whitworth Writing Rally

WHAT: The 21st annual Whitworth Writing Rally for students in pre-school through 5th grade is an opportunity for children to develop their reading and writing skills with assistance from a professional author and trained educators. The 2004 rally will be led by author Lynn Loux. She is instrumental in the California Poets in the Classrooms Program, a nonprofit program that places poets in public-school classrooms to promote creative writing for children. Loux has worked in schools in California and Nevada.

Between 600 and 700 students from the Inland Northwest are expected to participate in the rally, which is sponsored by the Whitworth College School of Education. Each child, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will take part in one of two three-hour sessions. Loux will share her stories with participants, and children will then spend two hours in small groups creating and illustrating stories. Each group will be led by trained educators with expertise in story telling, writing, illustrating and bookbinding.

After each session, children can attend a reception in Whitworth Presbyterian Church's Quall Hall, adjacent to the Whitworth campus, where they will have the opportunity to share the books they have created. They can also meet with Loux in Quall Hall and have her autograph her books, which will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 6. The first session begins at 8:30 a.m. The second session follows at 11:30 a.m. A parent or guardian must accompany each child participating in the rally.

WHERE: Whitworth College, 300 W. Hawthorne Road

COST: There is a $15 registration fee for the first child; the fee for each additional child from the same family is $12, if each additional child's registration fee is mailed in the same envelope. The registration fee covers the cost of a T-shirt and writing materials.

PEMCO and Clark-Pacific Realty are sponsoring a $5 registration discount for children from low-income families.

HOW TO REGISTER: Register online at www.thewritingrally.org, or call (509) 777-4404 and leave your name, phone number, and mailing address. A registration packet will be mailed to you. Completed registration materials must be received no later than Oct. 28. Parents may also register Friday, Nov. 5, from 4-6 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium foyer at Whitworth, as long as space is still available.

Contacts:

Lisa Laurier, Writing Rally director, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3263 or llaurier@whitworth.edu.

Pat Parker, academic program assistant, School of Education, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3229 or pparker@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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