"We need to say yes to students more..."

VOW Red Carpet in Review

On May 11th we were fortunate enough to host an amazing red carpet book release event for 111th and Roberts: Where Our Stories Intersect. While we've already posted pictures and more details about the evening on our Events page, today we received an amazing video put together with the help of our district's Director of Communications, Carla Erdey. The video is a wonderful summation of our program's goals and an amazing tribute to the hard work and dedication of our students. We couldn't agree more with what Joy says in the video, "I feel like this could be the start of something big..." We hope it is too and can't wait to see where Stagg VOW takes us next! 

Look What We Made Together!

"111th & Roberts is a world-rocker. Filled with voices from the Amos Alonzo Stagg High School community, the book is alive. Some narrators speak in plainsong; others turn phrases poetically. Some eloquently speak English as a second language. Codes are switched. Voices whisper. Voices elegize. Declare. Regale. Rejoice. Each one rings true. Finely detailed, each chapter unfolds to explore big, essential questions."

-Audrey Petty, Editor of High Rise Stories

In the past two months we have worked harder than ever to bring together all the amazing interviews and artistic components to create our final product--a book that shares the stories of our school community. We realized very quickly that Amy Poehler was right, "writing is hard." Not only did it require a tremendous amount of meticulous editing and hard work, it also forced us to make some very hard decisions about content. Even with all the obstacles, it was more than worth it to see our book finally take shape. We also can't thank the extraordinary Audrey Petty enough for writing a beautiful foreword that truly captures our vision for the the book. We are so excited to share our book and our stories with you! Don't forget to order your copy here

Book Pre-Sales Are Here!

We're excited to announce that our book is now available for pre-sale! Guarantee your copy while you can at a special pre-sale price of only $5.00! Click here to order now!

We've learned that editing a book is pretty hard work. We were so excited to announce our book pre-sales (and pretty excited about the 58 and sunny February day) that we had to get out and have a little fun before we got back to work. Check out our giant VOW Bear, Hunter, Girl improv game in front of school.  

It was 58 and sunny in February so of course we went outside and played an improv game. It's all part of the writing process...