Thursday, January 17, marked the unveiling of the ninth installment of the Young Writers’ Wall. Our writing lab was bursting at the seams with students, tutors, parents, and teachers as we began by congratulating the previously featured writers and handing them their beautiful portraits. Programs Director Jorge Garcia made the crowd guess the new writers wall students by reading excerpts of their pieces. We also took time to honor Rebecca “Beckie” Beeson, our writing table coordinator, with a different kind of unveiling.
Before the celebration ended with juice and cookies, we surprised Beckie by formally renaming The Writing Table Beckie’s Writing Table as a form of gratitude for her countless hours of planning and tutoring. Her efforts have let us increase the number of students we serve at the writing table, and they have raised the consistency and quality of our bilingual chapbook Look Closer/Mira de Cerca published at the end of the fall and spring semesters.