Meet Augustine!

Mrs. Martell (left) and Ms. Sims (right) both passionate 5th grade teachers meeting for the first time over lunch.

It all started in Mrs. Becky Martell’s 5th grade class at Roslyn Road in 2008.  I thought it would be a good idea to do a pen demonstration and history lesson in her classroom with Nancy Olson, editor of Stylus Magazine.  Now what teacher would let me bring in lots of pens and inks into her classroom full of 10-year-olds?  Well she did.  And 2 years later one of her now 5th grade students is on his way to Washington, DC to represent TT Patton at a day dedicated to writing, the Pens & The Post: Collect, Correspond, & Celebrate on May 29th .  It’s co-hosted by Pen Collectors of America (PCA) and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

Meet Augustine Benjamin.

Augustine Benjamin

He dropped by to say hello and to introduce himself.  Augustine wrote a winning essay about the importance of preserving writing in his generation and what it means to him.  Here’s just a little of what he wrote…

Augustine's response to "The Art of Writing," and what it means to him and his generation.

Did I mention the entire essay was handwritten in cursive?…a requirement in Mrs. Martell’s class.

I can’t wait to meet the winning student from Ms. Sims’ class!  His letter was filled with his young voice.


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