Yes! We Did It!

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The email came yesterday in the early afternoon. I was at my computer catching up on a few things when I saw the alert: ILA Distinguished Award Notification.

Yes! We did it!

I’ve been part of the Keystone State Reading Association’s Board of Directors for a few years now. We’ve participated in the International Literacy Association’s Council Achievement awards for the past two years. One winner is selected in each of three categories – teacher empowerment, community engagement, and public awareness – with an additional overall winner selected on excellence in all three categories. KSRA has won in the individual categories, but this year we had our sights set on the overall Distinguished Council Award, the most prestigious of them all. The application involves submitting a narrative and a video, and this year the job of writing the narrative fell to me.

I can do that! No problem!

At least that’s what I thought until I sat down to write. In three hundred words or less I had to find a way to showcase KSRA’s accomplishments in the three categories and how these accomplishments work to help fight illiteracy in our state. And did I mention that documented measures of success and any press coverage should be part of that narrative? A tall order indeed, but I wrote, revised, shared, revised…and came up with something that worked. I think I can honestly say that writing my slices for TWT was instrumental in the success of that narrative.  Three to four hundred words is what I aim for in my slices (less if I’m writing poetry). Keeping that number in mind helps me narrow my focus, decide on my point, and write concisely. So thank you, TWT community, for giving me a forum and helping me become a better writer.

Yes! We did it!

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13 Responses to Yes! We Did It!

  1. Amy Warntz says:

    This is spectacular news, Rose. Hats off to you and your team members for a well-deserved award and recognition!

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  2. vanessaw2007 says:

    Congratulations! That sounds well deserved. How great that you feel supported in this achievement. Yes you did it! Go celebrate!

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  3. aileenhower says:

    I love how you tied in your slicing into this required writing. It’s a huge feather in your cap! Congrats!

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  4. arjeha says:

    Congratulations, Rose. Well done!

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  5. Congratulations, Rose! I will take your words to heart, as I am writing a piece that needs revision due to its length. I was to post it to my blog today, as a follow up to yesterday’s blog (I am still writing daily, since SOL#17) and found my words to be rambling and not centered. I need revision. For me, keeping a word count in mind is a great idea, as I tend to be verbose. I will try it. Thanks!

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  6. thats so awesome! congrats !!!

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  7. margaretsmn says:

    Wow! Congratulations! A great honor!

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  8. Congratulations!!! Well done and well sliced!! Will you get honored in Orlando? We will be there too –we might have to celebrate with our drink of choice — you are my mentor in this regard after all!!
    Clare

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  9. ureadiread says:

    How exciting! Congratulations!

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  10. lynnedorfman says:

    Great news for KSRA and a job well done, Rosie! Sorry I was late getting to your post. I am getting ready for presentations in June and making some progress. This honor is huge! Your leadership along with your team and all members of the KSRA family worked hard for this. Love you tie with TWT blog and Slice of Life challenge, too!

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