RAHWAY — On Monday morning, Nov. 11, the sixth grade students from Franklin Elementary School in Rahway, stepped outside their classrooms for a celebration commemorating the completion and final publication of their personal narrative stories.
To mark this special occasion, the students marched ceremoniously to the playground, each holding one brightly-colored balloon, for a spectacular balloon release. Administrators, teachers, and other staff members were on-hand to witness the one-time event.
After a brief welcome by their writing teacher Laura Lopez, sixth grade student, Tiana Darden, was invited to read the final lines from one of their favorite mentor texts, Eleven, by Sandra Cisneros. The students then counted down from eleven and released one hundred balloons into the air, watching them as they slowly disappeared.
From the words of Cisneros’ bitter-sweet tale, “…I wish I was anything but eleven, because I want today to be far away already, far away like a run away balloon, like a tiny ‘o’ in the sky, so tiny-tiny you have to close your eyes to see it.”
The day was topped off by a writing gallery walk and sharing of their published pieces.
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