The Forest Newby Space Camp Scholarship has a Winner!
We'd like to congratulate Silas Chamberlain as the first winner of the Forest Newby Space Camp Scholarship. He has one a week-long stay at Space Camp, in Huntington, Alabama, plus a custom-fit flight suit, a digital photo album, lunch with an astronaut and $300 toward travel expenses. More than that, Silas has won an adventure that he won't soon forget.
When our son went to Space Camp last year, he marveled at how many far-off places the kids came from. He worked on space-simulation challenges with kids from China, Canada, India and all parts of the US. We wish Silas a happy, memorable journey.
The photo above is a reprint from the Marshall Mountain Wave, and the text reads:
"On February 23, Terrapin Hollow Educational Foundation announced Silas Chamberlain as this year's winner of the Forest Newby Space Camp Scholarship. Since the death of Forest Newby, the community donated approximately $9,000 to this scholarship fund. The plan is to send a child every year until the funds are exhausted. Silas' mother said, "So many people will be touched by this. This will change Silas forever. This will broaden his view of the world just by the experience. He will carry this with him for the rest of his life." The scholarship is valued at approximately $1,500 and pays for the tuition, a personal flight suit, lunch with an astronaut and a flash drive with an album of all the pictures. The family will also receive a $300 travel expense voucher. Pictured above (right to left) are Silas Chamberlain and Director of Terrapin Hollow Educational Foundation Steven Newby."
The 2018 Children's Anthology is Out! And it's Out of This World. Yeah, that was cheesy, but the 63 young authors who contributed to the 6th installment of our anthology series don't care. They're super excited to share this accomplishment with their friends and family. Check out their book. You can order copies at Amazon.com. And remember, all proceeds from the sales of the books go right back into the Tracy Campbell Children's Anthology Program.
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The veteran teacher Tracy Campbell passed away in 2017, but she will live in the hearts of the thousands of students she touched in her 27 year career. My son, Forest, was one of her students. She was instrumental in getting him into the Gifted and Talented Program at Searcy County School District. She was also willing to give the Children's Anthology Program a try when it was in its infancy. She believed in giving children ownership of their blossoming skillsets. To honor her contributions to learning and her dedication to her craft, we have renamed the Children's Anthology Program in her memory.
Because Tracy Campbell believed in this program, this year's installment--the sixth in the series--will raise the number of children we have published to more than 250.
Thank you, Tracy. And thank you for everyone who has supported this program throughout the years.
The Forest Newby Space Camp Scholarship is Now Open for Enrollment.
One of Forest's last great adventures was attending Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. In his memory, we have set up a scholarship fund to send local children to Space Camp. At the present time, we've received donations enough to send five kids, one each year. If you would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity, please follow the directions below.
The application includes three pieces. Once you and your parents have completed all three pieces, please email them to [email protected]. If you need assistance with scanning our uploading documents to attach them to email, the nice staff at the Searcy County Public Library in Marshall have agreed to help out.
1. Please write a brief essay in 200 - 400 words to share with the judges why you want to go to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Put your best effort into writing. It is appropriate to ask someone to check your spelling and grammar, as long as they do not suggest changes to your content.
2. Please demonstrate both your creativity and passion by creating "something else." This "something else" has to be transmitted to the judges electronically. Ideas include a brief video of you singing, dancing, or speaking. A photograph of your original drawing or painting. The purpose of this "something else" is for the judges to learn more about your personality and to see your passion and commitment to hard work. If you were to submit a painting, for example, they are not grading your skills at painting. Rather they want to see that you invested time and took care to express yourself in ways that weren't captured in the written essay.
3. The third piece is the Parental Agreement Form. This page needs to be printed, signed in blue or black ink, scanned, and emailed along with the essay and the digital file of the "something else." Applications without signatures will not be considered.
This wonderful opportunity is available only to students in Searcy County, Arkansas, who are in 7th or 8th grade during the 2017-2018 school year.
A printable copy of these instructions can be found here.
The Stories have been Written!
After meeting with the students of the home school and the public school classes four times each (sixteen sessions in all), the children's fiction has been written and many of them have conducted a first pass-through edit.
Now comes the process of editing and laying out two separate anthologies. As fun as it would be to incorporate the kids' input in this process, this is done in house. In about two months' time, these kids will be holding shining copies of the books they helped write.
Thanks for everyone who supported this program. The children are very grateful.
Character Creation is in Full Swing
Over the last week, our students took on the challenge of creating believable characters. We have everything from kids surviving the Great Depression to talking wolves to griffins hunting in fantastic wild lands. These kids have put a lot of effort into their creations, promising exciting stories to fill our anthologies this year.
As a personal note, it's always interesting to see how different people go about doing the same task. With 81 students participating, we're seeing various strategic approaches to fleshing out a character. Some kids start out with a drawing, others with a notion based off their favorite characters from beloved stories. Some kids labor over every detail, while others hastily write paragraph after paragraph, their pencils barely keeping pace with their thoughts.
We designed the course to try and work with all the different learning styles. Even now, we're learning how to better present the material. Every time I teach this class, I walk away thinking about how I can make certain points a little clearer. It's a learning experience for us all!
Stay tuned for more updates.
The Writing Project has Begun!
On Monday, we met with 81 children from Leslie Intermediate Elementary and a local home school group, teaching them how to create great protagonists. The kids had fun, and a lot of great ideas were tossed around. We'll meet with the kids again next week and get them started on crafting plots. Stay tuned for updates on this incredible project.
(The portrait to the left is of the Good Queen, an aid used in the classroom to illustrate fully developed characters.)
We're launching our 2017 Children's Anthology Program, and will showcase the works of 60 children in 2 professionally bound volumes. This year, we'll again be working with 5th graders and a homeschool group. This marks our fourth year helping children learn about complex problem solving, analytical thinking and behavioral dynamics through creative writing. This is an exciting program that the community has really rallied behind. Get in on the action, help us make this possible. Check out our Kickstarter.com fundraising campaign to see what your donations can get. Plus, all sponsors are eligible to receive a tax-deductible receipt for their help.
Thanks. And as an added bit of awesome, the local elementary school will be hosting a year-long creative writing contest between grades. We will be publishing a third book containing the top 20 stories they gathered up. As in our Anthology Program, each showcased child will receive a copy of their book at no cost.
The 2016 Children's Anthology of Fiction is Finally Available!
The stories are in. 49 5th graders from Searcy County, Arkansas are now published authors. The kids were super excited to get their books and find their stories. As Mrs. Campbell put it, this was one of the first times all year every single one of her students was excited to sit down and open a book. Though they didn't stay seated long--these kids were soon up again, swapping autographs and showing their best friends that their names were in print.
This project couldn't have been possible without the help of so many generous people. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors:
Amber and Ryan Flamand
Lorelei and Jay Crockett
Niki and Brennan de Soto
and the creative folks at ToyPeace and Novel Suite
Again, thank you everyone! We look forward to running this project again next year.
Copies of this anthology can be purchased through Amazon via this link (to be updated). All proceeds go to fund future editions of the Children's Anthology. Thank you.
Book is Out
Check out our new coloring book, Things to Do in Searcy County, Arkansas, which showcases all the amazing adventures you can have right here in our neck of the woods. From floating the Buffalo to air shows, from hiking and biking through National Forest land to cutting loose at a street dance, this county has something for everyone. Copies of the coloring book can be purchased at local gift shops and coffee shops all over the county. Proceeds from the sales of this book benefit childhood literacy projects.
It Has Begun!
On Wednesday, we taught 50 students about analyzing their favorite characters, and set them on the path to creating their own characters for the upcoming Anthology Project. There was a lot of great discussions, laughter, and a bunch of young minds laying the foundation for some great stories. For a glimpse of how we do this, check out the blog link here.
This year, we'll be working with 50 fifth grade authors, publishing their works in our upcoming anthology. This holiday season, help give the kids a gift that will foster vital skills and nurture a lifetime love of learning. Go to our campaign page at Kickstarter (link goes here) for the details.
Thank you for your support.
The Children's Anthology Project has at last come to an end! With contributions from 32 seventh grade authors, Moonbeams and Maybes is a unique way of inspiring a lifelong love of reading and writing. Join us in congratulating these young authors in this accomplishment. By celebrating what they have done here, we're telling them that reading is more than something we do simply because it is required of us. And when a child learns to love what they can accomplish through their blossoming literacy skills, they do more than just enrich their lives. They literally improve their chances of success in it.
A great way to show your support for your child's accomplishment is to give copies of this anthology as gifts to friends and family members. Not only will it show how proud you are of what they've done, but this simple purchase will help fund future Children's Anthology Projects. Copies of this book can be purchased through Amazon.com (link will be activated once book is live through Amazon) or through by contacting us directly at 501.253.5626, or at estevennewby @ gmail.com.
We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, without whose support this project would not have been possible. Thank You.
Lorelei and Jay Crockett
Amber and Ryan Flamand
Kat Vander Wende
Roger and Peggy Stafford
Thank you all sincerely.
CHILDREN'S ANTHOLOGY UPDATE
The anthology project we're doing with the Searcy County School District has had a few interesting turns in it. We've had to shift our project focus and audience, but the outcome is even more exciting.
Instead of publishing the fictional works of twenty 8th graders, we'll be publishing the poetic works of thirty-two 7th graders! The poems should be in to us by the end of next week, and we'll begin layout and editing immediately. The artist we're commissioning to paint the cover has already been notified. Our goal is still to get these kids their books by the end of the year.
Our Fundraiser has come to an end. To our surprise, we've pulled in $450! That's $150 more than our original target goal with the kickstarter campaign. We're humbled and honored by the outpouring of support from community, family and friends. Thank you so much for helping to make this project a reality. As the eighth-grader's writing projects evolve, we'll be posting updates here and on facebook.
We're at the half way point of our kickstarter.com fundraiser campaign, and have already received $200 in pledges! The support from the community has been inspiring, and we're confident that this exceptional educational opportunity will soon be a reality.
If we meet our original goal of $300, we're going to set a stretch goal to commission a local artist to produce the cover image, which will definitely enhance the value and presentation of the book.
We now offer the following editorial services:
* Proofreading, Editing and Layout Design
* Biographical and historical documentation
* Commemorative editions
* Ghost writing and Coaching
* eBook conversions
* And more
For questions or for quotes, please click the button below and send us an email describing your project needs. In addition, private groups, such as church groups or writers' circles, can purchase our workshop series. This is a great way to learn new skills and help fund education in lower income communities. You can also reach us at 501.253.5626
Terrapin Hollow Press is excited to announce the upcoming project A Trail of Wilted Posies: How the Hippies Lived On. This book will continue from an extensive interview series done twenty years before. It explores what happened with hippies when the counter culture movement fizzled, how many of them bought rural acreage and strove to live in accordance to their values.
The project will be told via narrative non-fiction, and will follow the lives of several people who once called themselves hippies. It will showcase the communities they created or enhanced, the social dilemmas and environmental causes they championed, and their view of the world today.
A Trail of Wilted Posies: How the Hippies Lived On is slated to be published in the fall of 2014.
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The audiobook version of The Rogue Navigator is finally available! You can find it at Amazon.com (click here), Audible.com (where you can listen to it for free if you have a membership -- click here), and it will soon be available on iTunes.com
If you'd like to "try it before you buy it," you can download the first chapter for free here:
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We're proud to present The Rogue Navigator, the first installment in the young adult sci-fi saga Children of the Ring. Not only is it an exciting adventure, in conjunction with the Discussion Guide, the novel serves as a prompt for in-class and home-school conversations about:
* Systems Thinking
* Critical Thinking
* The Role of Violence
* The Role of Values
* The Consequences of
Order your copy today at Amazon.com and be a part of the conversation! Nook and Kindle ebook formats are also available. The audiobook version is coming soon.