This week has been a tremendous celebration of writing. Scrolling through both the New York Times Learning Network and the NWP Why I Write websites is like the Candy Land of writing. I have read poetry, statements from second-graders, and numerous personal reflections ranging from second-graders to teachers and to renowned mathematicians, scientists, and writers. One contribution led me to a TedMed video on regenerative human organs, while another revealed the serious whimsy of Anna Raff’ “fly write” illustration for the National Day on Writing. Similar to the wonderful range of writing commemorating writing this week, I know firsthand that Writing Project sites are brilliant, creative and effective in preparing students to become effective writers within. This week board member Augusta Souza Kappner and I visited the New York City Writing Project at Lehman College and we were blown away by the range of programs and teachers who are touched by the site, and the tremendous support they receive from their college. Whether I’m visiting local sites or talking with site directors and teacher-leaders at various points throughout the year, what is consistently true – this network is smart, creative and effective. Every day I am humbled and energized to be a part of this network.