This spring The Y.A.L.E. School Mansfield Township and Medford campuses began a new creative activity for its students: a literary journal entitled The Y.A.L.E. School Review. The Review will publish writing and artworks by students in grades six through eight, highlighting their creativity and allowing them to share their artistic abilities with their peers.
The Y.A.L.E. School Review joins the literary magazine at The Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus known as Teh Maximus which has published nine annual editions since its debut in 2004. Teh Maximus collects short stories, poetry, essays and original artwork from students in the Cherry Hill Upper School under the supervision of staff advisor Ms. Anita Coryell.
The Y.A.L.E. School Review was started by staff member Jacob Plasky who was surprised and impressed by his students’ writing ability.
“Not only did the students show great skill in creating interesting and colorful stories, they seemed just as excited about the class as I was. Each has his or her own writing style, which makes their stories unique to their personality. Every time we talk about their stories, they glow with both excitement and enjoyment,” said Plasky.
In order to be accepted to The Y.A.L.E. School Review student writing projects must meet criteria laid out by the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards, adding an additional layer of educational value to the publication.
“I wanted to give the students the opportunity to introduce others to the worlds and characters they’ve created. Each student should be proud of his or her accomplishments and should know that others enjoy their stories as much as they do,” added Plasky.
Following is an excerpt from the story “The Case Of The Cracking” a fanciful murder-mystery by student Joshua Jones:
“He pulled out all suspects and locations, finding one that looked like the right suspect. Wummy Gummy, at 34th Street, was a reasonable suspect for the murder because he had recently purchased an eggball bat from Blunty’s Blunt and Brutal Blunt Objects. As Squirmy opened the door to Wummy’s apartment, Wummy was not there. Squirmy checked around the small, multi-colored apartment with all furniture made of gummy candy. He checked in the peppermint closets and in the licorice kitchen, but he could not find him…”