Beyond the Bell: Writing in After-School

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Beyond the Bell: Writing in After-School
Posted on 04/09/2019

Authored by Julie Smith

Writing can become something that students enjoy, do for a hobby, or even get excited about.  Yet for some, writing can be a daunting task.  

The emphasis on more clear and coherent writing has grown prevelant in recent years, therefore the need to put writing in the forefront has increased. At OCES, Thursday afternoons are continuing to be Writing Days! Fourth grade afterschool students work with teachers to grow their enthusiasm and love of writing.  Students utilize texts that are related to their weekly homework and turn them in to pieces of writing. Students read and analyze the texts and then produce a piece of writing using evidence. The goal of this afterschool program is to develop confident writers, who are great written communicators. 

We are excited to continue this writing work with these students throughout the sessions of homework academy.  Their classroom teachers are seeing their confidence and writing techniques grow over the course of this year.  It’s great to know that the writing work being taught in the classroom is being applied in the Afterschool Program!

Ocean City’s afterschool programs are funded from local operating funds. You can support local afterschool programs like this through volunteerism, advocacy and in-kind donations. For more information about or to offer support for WCPS afterschool programs, contact Tamara Mills at

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