• The path to college starts with just one caring person

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    The path to college starts with just one caring person
    June 21, 2016

    While James Sterling was busy wasting away his life, he had an English teacher who thought he had some talent and might make something of himself as a writer. She suggested that his state university had a pretty good journalism school.
  • Talk Story, Write Story demonstration project is a success story

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    Talk Story, Write Story demonstration project is a success story
    June 21, 2016

    Tad Bartimus used her RJI Fellowship this year to test her hunch that trained volunteers could successfully help financially challenged high school students write their way into college scholarships.
  • Tad’s tender trap

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    Tad’s tender trap
    May 3, 2016

    Tad Bartimus has a way of getting you tangled up in her universe. You say “yes” to some little request, and next thing you know you are helping to save the world.
  • Program fits nicely with schools’ focus on access

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    Program fits nicely with schools’ focus on access
    May 1, 2016

    In the Columbia Public Schools, we believe our students are our kids. We believe every one of our kids is entitled to A.E.O. — Achievement, Enrichment, and Opportunity. Three simple words, and each one denotes access.
  • Missouri high schoolers in Talk Story, Write Story offered more than $700,000 in scholarships

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    Missouri high schoolers in Talk Story, Write Story offered more than $700,000 in scholarships
    May 1, 2016

    Talk Story, Write Story had never before used volunteer coaches to work one-on-one with students to win scholarships. The program began without name or direction 18 years ago in my 80 percent Native Hawaiian community of Hana, Hawaii.
  • The possibilities are endless

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    The possibilities are endless
    May 1, 2016

    Looking back on this academic year, I am most proud of my time with the Talk Story, Write Story program. I knew it was going to be a huge inaugural undertaking but had no idea how much this scholarship effort would consume my life.
  • Developing storytellers strengthens community

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    Developing storytellers strengthens community
    May 1, 2016

    Journalism should strengthen the communities it serves and help the members of those communities lead better lives. This brings me to Talk Story, Write Story. That’s where Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner come in.
  • Volunteers and community newspaper boost local teens’ chances of winning college scholarships

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    Volunteers and community newspaper boost local teens’ chances of winning college scholarships
    February 3, 2016

    Tad Bartimus' Talk Story, Write Story demonstration project has achieved one of its two goals: 10 generous-spirited Columbia volunteer writing coaches enhanced 10 financially challenged multicultural students’ chances of winning college scholarships.
  • Community collaboration key to successful launch of Talk Story, Write Story in Missouri

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    Community collaboration key to successful launch of Talk Story, Write Story in Missouri
    November 13, 2015

    Returning to Columbia, Missouri, after half a century, what I didn’t expect was the ease of reconnecting with a community that still feels accessible to newcomers and welcoming to new ideas.