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Moreno MS student promotes creative writing, reading with contest and ‘No Name Calling Week’
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Ana Claire Casas holds her state qualifying buckle.
Ana Claire Casas holds her state qualifying buckle.
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MMS Principal Mrs. Barber and Sara Casas prepare for “No Name Calling Week.
MMS Principal Mrs. Barber and Sara Casas prepare for “No Name Calling Week.
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Sara Casas, member of Texas Lone Star Youth Leadership Council, is promoting essay writing to help students be prepared for the “Texas Staar” writing exam that will take place this spring in Texas schools.

Miss Casas decided on this project after much brain storming. She said, “I had many ideas, but I think creative writing has been left behind. I do not believe students think it is important to write anymore. Most students depend on computers for corrections and have become used to texting. While I agree we live in a world of technology, sometimes I believe technology can hurt students. I love reading hand-written letters from my sister when she is away at summer camp. I am very excited about my project and hope to be able to read hundreds of essays from middle school students.”

For this project, Miss Casas is offering cash prizes to the top three essays handwritten from each grade at Moreno Middle School. Her theme will be revealed on Monday, Feb. 18, when students interested ask their English teachers information about the contest. The contest will be open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Moreno Middle School. Students on this campus interested in the contest can see their English teacher about the contest.

Miss Casas is also continuing, “No Name Calling Week” on the campus. With the assistance from Principal Joni Barber and Sara’s younger sister, Ana, they plan on promoting “No Name Calling Week” all next week. Posters will fill that hallways, and a group of students will help sell bracelets to promote the cause. The sisters have promoted the cause for the last three years and sold bracelets 25 cents at a time each year. With the money raised, they purchase books for the middle school library and plan to do that again this year.

Sara said, “I think this is a great project because while we are trying to rid our hallways of bullying, we also promote reading when it’s over. It’s a win-win situation.”
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