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My Hawaii Story Project

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, The Pacific Writers’ Connection, and ING DIRECT today announced a Fundraiser and Celebration of My Hawai’i Story Project, to be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009.

The events start at 8 a.m. with a free My Hawai‘i Fair, featuring activities and educational materials for all ages. Then culminating the Fair will be a public reading by My Hawai‘i student authors and a reception to follow from 4:30 to 6: 30 p.m.  A silent auction featuring books, art, special nature tours, and other special offers will be on display and open for bidding at the ING DIRECT Café from November 7, 2009. Funds raised will support the 2010 writing contest. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration of children’s writing.

Location: ING DIRECT Café

1958 Kalakaua Ave.

Honolulu, Hi. 96815

Ph. (808) 955-1435

My Hawaii Story Project is a Middle School writing contest held annually that invites students to write a story, poem or essay to reflect their thoughts and feelings about what makes Hawai‘i’s environment special to them. Since the Project launched in 2007, 1,172 students have participated, and 75 students writings were published in the annual anthologies. Several student authors will be reading their poems and stories from the 2009 Anthology at the celebration.

“Students eagerly participate in this writing exercise each year hoping to share their experiences of Hawai‘i,” said 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Le Jardin Academy, Marcia Huber about the My Hawai’i Story Project. “As a teacher, I am thrilled to be able to provide a real life writing situation that interests my students. This collection of stories and poems is a valuable teaching tool for classrooms, sparks discussions, and provides future writing opportunities,” she added.

Complimentary valet parking will be available off Pau Street for the event.

For more information on the “My Hawai‘i Story Project”, including a list of the winning entries and a PDF version of the anthology, visit the website at www.hawaiiconservation.org .

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