What an enviable position you are in. You have the opportunity to spend a whole week at West Virginia's Culture and History Museum and the University of Charleston. The entire experience, including lodging and meals, is free, and you'll be working directly with experts in their fields as they teach during the day, accompany you on activities, and act as chaperones during the night. Many times, when people hear the word "illiterate," they think it refers simply to a person who cannot read or write, but that is only partly true. There are many who can read but who "don't get it." At the Governor's School of Arts, Culture, and History, students will be immersed in a community of learners and teachers to develop more ways to learn more deeply as they read and react. Can you believe you can "get it" after only a week?
A former director of Governor's Schools says that writing and good grammar came naturally to her because she read voraciously at an early age. "People used to laugh about the Nancy Drew books, but those books were filled with good sentence structure and variety, good paragraph development, colorful images, exciting action, and plots that kept a young girl reading even when she should have been straightening her room. When teachers gave reading assignments, I would finish quickly and hide my newest book behind my notebook and read, read, read. As a result of all that reading, when I picked up a pencil, the words just started flowing."
The six days at GSACH will not be all about reading and writing. You won't just be taught--you'll learn, realizing that the arts are part of our culture and history and that working together they can help build a good future. Go for it!