Brookhaven, GA, April 27, 2016 – The Post Reports – Three members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta from Brookhaven, will be published in its annual creative writing anthology for their pieces titled “My Sister’s Keeper”, “Going Forward”, and “Remember”. This collection features the best poetry and creative writing selections from kids and teens at Boys & Girls Clubs across the city.
This year, the organization received hundreds of entries from more than 20 Clubs. A panel of experts including renowned authors, poets, and teachers reviewed the submissions and chose Brookhaven teens – Deonna Bray, Donnye Ramirez & Samantha Morales – to be among the top young authors that will be featured in the book.
“We are so proud of Deonna Bray, Donnye Ramirez & Samantha Morales and their achievements and we’ll continue to help them reach their full potential. We know that art and writing programs get kids and teens excited about learning and impact their academic success on a much broader level,” said Ziggy Asfaw, Executive Director of Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club. “In addition to teaching the importance of creativity and self-expression, programs like this reinforce fundamental skills such as reading, writing, and public speaking that youth can use in the classroom and beyond.”
With nearly 70 percent of Georgia’s fourth graders off track in their reading proficiency, programs that address this gap and make learning interesting and fun are critical to getting students back on track. The “Power of Words” event and Marel Brown Creative Writing program are part of a larger effort by Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club to focus on academics and help kids succeed in school.
Research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation found children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers.
Along with its focus on helping kids succeed in school, Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club also aims to help youth live healthier and become leaders. By 2020, the organization is working to ensure that 90 percent of the youth it serves are graduating on time, living healthy lifestyles, and giving back to their communities.
To learn how you can give to or get involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, visit www.bgcma.org/get_involved.