By Tia Lynn Ivey
A new literary program, developed by a Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Teacher Luke McFarland, kicked off this week. The program brings together authors, middle school students, and community members for an evening of literature and learning.
“As part of one of our teacher-written Charter Mini-Grants, MCMS teacher Luke McFarland has developed a Creative Writing class which invites “visiting authors” to talk about their works, as well as to gently critique some of the writings of our students,” explained Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent.
McFarland partnered with the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education for this program. The first event was held at Chris Lambert’s house in Madison last Tuesday evening, featuring the Author Will Garland reading some of his work and MCMS Student Daisy Jane Buck reading some of her own work. Over 65 people attended the literary session.
“It was such a magical night for people of all ages to share short stories under the stars at the Lambert House,” said Burbach. “We are grateful to Luke McFarland, Creative Writing teacher at MCMS who wrote the grant and to the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and the Morgan County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education for partnering with us for such a literary evening.”