Island Readers & Writers creates book-based experiences that inspire a passion for reading and learning among children living in Maine’s coastal and inland island communities. Imagination coupled with customized hands-on learning defines IRW’s in-school, after-school, and community programs. Our programs improve and augment the quality of children’s education by stretching imaginations, developing creative thinking skills, and expanding worlds through hands-on learning in natural history, science, literature, writing, and art.
IRW will focus its successful annual ARROW Retreat for middle school students in 2016 on themes related to the innovative and prescient establishment of Acadia National Park. The centennial especially offers the opportunity for us to leverage themes such as leadership and innovation, conservation of nature, and key questions about self, place and community. As always our hands-on activities will launch from literature, but inspire and engage kids through a variety of portals such as art, observation, reflection and writing.
As IRW expands its reach into Washington County, we will especially weave Acadia and the centennial into programming that seeks to connect students to their local natural world. Programs will help them to appreciate and access Acadia — the nature, science and literature that is virtually in their backyard yet often not visited.