Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Summer Camp - Apply Now!

We are thrilled to announce that Patterson RAPS will be hosting a summer camp during the week of June 23-27, 2014. We will be meeting in the Wyatt Center from 9-12 in the mornings. Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are encouraged to apply!

Applications are due May 3. Email Linda at or Pallu at if you need more information.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

James Patterson Came to Speak to Us!

Yesterday we had a once in a lifetime opportunity! James Patterson came to Vanderbilt specifically to speak to our students and the students in other programs that he's involved in. It was amazing to get to see one of our heroes in real life. Mr. Patterson began by speaking to the kids about their interests and passions. He then went on to explain how he became an author and the process that he goes through as a writer. Finally, he took the time to answer questions that the students had. We were impressed with the thoughtfulness of our students' questions!

It was inspiring to say the least! Mr. Patterson even gave our students signed copies of his new book, I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story. This is a day we will always remember. A huge thanks to Mr. Patterson for taking time out of his incredibly busy schedule to speak to our students. Here is a video of Chibuzor, one of our students, asking a question, and a few pictures from the event.

April 5 Meeting

We had our next to the last meeting of the year last Saturday. It is hard to believe the school year is winding down already!

Students came in and looked at the cover of our new book, Jump Into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall. They made predictions beginning with "I want you to know..." from the perspective of the boy on the cover of the book.

Next, we continued our #whatsyourstory project. Students created blackout poems using a page from Diamond in the Desert, the book we just finished. Students watched this time-lapse video created by renowned blackout poet, Austin Kleon to introduce them to the process.

Later in the morning, local singer/songwriter Anna Johnson stopped by to talk to us and play a few of her songs! The students loved her music. A huge thanks to Anna for taking time out of her busy schedule to come by and see our students! Here is a little clip of Anna playing one of her songs.

During the last hour, we had another very exciting visitor! Stephanie Pruitt, a local poet and self-proclaimed "creative waymaker" stopped by to work with our students. Stephanie did an amazing hand poetry activity as well as involved our students in collaborative spoken-word poetry and storytelling. We loved having Stephanie attend our session, and we hope that she will collaborate with us again in the future!