Writer helps students expand their creativity by telling stories at Green Gables Elementary

7Everyday Hero uses writing skills to inspire kids

LAKEWOOD - Louis L'Amour once said: "Start writing, no matter what!  The water does not flow until the water is turned on."

7Everyday Hero Lynn Almer is a writer who helps elementary school children tap their own creativity.

"I am a children's picture book author," said Almer.

Almer visits Lakewood's Green Gables Elementary School about four days a week. She helps students in sixth and second grade children unleash their inner storyteller.

"She helps us with our spelling and how our writing is working, how it's flowing," said Jonathan Fruge, who is eight years old.

The reward for Almer is watching the students' progress from merely thinking about an idea to putting it down on paper.

"Some of them have gone from a paragraph, struggling to write a paragraph, to writing two pages.  Now when they see me they say:  'I have four ideas!' or 'I wrote a whole page today,'" said Almer.

Part of the student's success comes from Almer's presence here over five years.

"They love her as much as we do.  She is really like having another teacher in the room when she's here," said First Grade Teacher Dawn Johnson.

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