LET’S BE CREATIVE—Jess Gold assists students from the Literary Arts Boom with their creative literary masterpieces. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Creating a safe and fun environment of reading and writing with children, while helping them to find, develop and foster their own creative voices, is what the Garfield based Literary Arts Boom (The LAB) program is all about.
LEARNING–Shaevon Boyd, a third grader at Southside K-8 School in War, W.Va., works on a reading assignment during an after school program on May 7. The school located in McDowell County, an area overwhelmed with poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, and teacher shortages, provides after school access to computers, tutoring, recreation and a meal. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder) by Philip Elliott WAR, W.Va. (AP) — When school started this fall in this sparsely populated rural area at West Virginia’s southern tip, 1 of 7 classrooms was without a teacher because leaders couldn’t recruit enough educators.