11/28/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Long-time writing mentor Roger McKeon with former participant Johanna Kaasik.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Long-time writing mentor Roger McKeon with former participant Johanna Kaasik.

Mary Dwyer believes children are born unfettered by restrictions on what they can achieve.

That’s why Ms. Dwyer wants to bring them into the “2Rs4Fun” program before anyone can impose limits on them.

After 25 years of teaching elementary school, mostly in the East Williston School District, Ms. Dwyer retired to Shelter Island and launched the program designed to inspire young students to read, write and stretch their imaginations. Starting in the fall of 2008, she motivated a group of adult mentors to latch onto her vision and work one-on-one with 3rd and 4th grade students at the Shelter Island Library. (more…)

04/25/17 2:00pm
Cover of the fall 2016 edition of 2Rs4fun, which features young writers’ work.

Cover of the fall 2016 edition of 2Rs4fun, which features young writers’ work.

“Children need to be free, I think, or they won’t get to their soul as writers.”

Islander Mary Dwyer spoke those words that gave rise in 2008 inspired a program — 2Rs4fun — that she founded, affording young writers in the 3rd and 4th grades an opportunity to see their works in print.

A former teacher, Ms. Dwyer, has been successful in attracting adult mentors to work with the children one-on-one. The young writers have just issued their fall 2016 compilation of writings. (more…)

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03/23/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO The latest group of third and fourth graders who started working with adult mentors on their writing at the start of the 2014-15 school year have just published their prose and poetry.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
The latest group of third and fourth graders who started working with adult mentors on their writing at the start of the 2014-15 school year have just published their prose and poetry.

Hot off the press and ready for prime time. That’s the latest edition of the 2rs4Fun booklet created by third and fourth grade Shelter Island students who with the guidance of mentors learn to express themselves through prose and poetry. (more…)

09/30/14 4:30pm
Cover of the latest 2Rs4Fun book of student writings created by third and fourth graders.

Cover of the latest 2Rs4Fun book of student writings created by third and fourth graders.

As 2Rs4Fun kicks off its fall season at Shelter Island Public Library, the writing program that matches young students with adult mentors has put out its latest edition of student writing from last spring’s semester. (more…)