February Newsletter: What We've Been Loving 💙

What we love at MOI!


Letter from the Executive Director

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Dear MOI Community,

February is a short month about love, so I thought I’d keep my letter to you all short and loving as well.

In honor of our young authors and their Nikki Giovanni-inspired poems, I wanted to share A Love Haiku to Writing:

I write to see me
I write so you can see me
Words, the best mirror

To love, writing, and seeing yourself reflected on the page and in one another,

Samantha Sencer-Mura
MOI Executive Director


Porthole into Programming

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This February, we've been encountering more and more things we love. For starters, this month began with our Smallest Museum reception. Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute partnered with the Smallest Museum in St. Paul for a "Lost Ocean of Minnesota" exhibit. All month, student writing done for our Deep Sea Discovery writing prompt has been up in the museum, paired with artwork by our imaginative illustrator, Chad. Inside, passersby are encouraged to participate in the same activity and discover their own Lost Ocean creature. Check out the Facebook album of the creatures we've found—and love.

We also love Minnesota! For this year's Young Authors' Book Project, the 5th grade scholars from John A. Johnson Achievement Plus have written nonfiction poetry about Minnesota plants, animals, and biomes. The final result, a guidebook-style anthology called "The Bold, Untold North," will feature a foreword by Danez Smith, a local poet. Mark your calendar for the release party on May 17!

This February, we've been encountering more and more things we love. For starters, this month began with our Smallest Museum reception. Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute partnered with the Smallest Museum in St. Paul for a "Lost Ocean of Minnesota" exhibit. All month, student writing done for our Deep Sea Discovery writing prompt has been up in the museum, paired with artwork by our imaginative illustrator, Chad. Inside, passersby are encouraged to participate in the same activity and discover their own Lost Ocean creature. Check out the Facebook album of the creatures we've found—and love.

We also love Minnesota! For this year's Young Authors' Book Project, the 5th grade scholars from John A. Johnson Achievement Plus have written nonfiction poetry about Minnesota plants, animals, and biomes. The final result, a guidebook-style anthology called The Bold, Untold North, will feature a foreword by Danez Smith, a local poet. Mark your calendar for the release party on May 17!


In the News

As a chapter-in-development of the 826 National network, we're often inspired by other chapters and the writing being done there. Check out this short story by 2nd grader who visited 826michigan (we love it because it takes place underwater).

Calling All Cheaters

On March 20, anyone who loves trivia, cheating, or MOI will come together for the second annual Trivia for Cheaters peer-to-peer fundraiser. Join all the other teams from 7 to 9 p.m. for a 5-round trivia extravaganza. Winner takes all.


Student Spotlight

This month, to celebrate our love of writing, we wanted to share not one but twopieces of student writing. On Valentine's Day, we wrote love poems and love letters to unusual things. You can see an example of one student's love letter on the left below. On the right, you can find an example of a poem inspired by I am a Mirror by Nikki Giovanni. Students have been using her poem to write about themselves.

Dear bike,

I love you because I don't have to walk somewhere. I can just ride to the place like a park or somewhere just in case because my legs always hurt whenever I walk for a long time.

The end

 

After-School Homework Help student

I am a Mirror

I am a mirror
I reflect the wisdom of my grandma
The hope of my dad
The faith of my mom
The humor of my cousins

I share the qualities of
my family and that's the
reason why I'm successful

After-School Homework Help student


P.S. Even though February is over, we'd love it if you checked out our Black History Month features on our partner authors, board members, and publishers, as well as our student reading list of works by black authors.