Updated June 4
The Josh Crews Writing Project celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, May 19, at the Wadsworth Elementary School cafeteria. This is the ninth anthology of student work, bringing the total students past 1,000, according to Abbey Cooke, the district coordinator for the program.
The following was provided by the Flagler County Education Foundation:
The creative writing clubs in each of the Flagler County Schools are named in memory of Josh Crews, an FPC graduate who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2010 and was an avid reader and writer. This year’s anthology published 56 Flagler Schools’ students.
“It is amazing how much this project has grown over the years,” said David Alfin, Flagler County Education Foundation’s board president, “It is important to provide creative outlets for our students, and we thank all of the local businesses who have made this opportunity possible for so many of our students.”
Each year, the Flagler County Education Foundation hosts the Josh Crews Writing Project Gala to raise funds in order to facilitate the schools’ creative writing clubs and publish the anthology. The annual gala is always a costume party themed around a book chosen by the Crews’ Family.
“The gala is a fun way for us to be able to raise money to run the Josh Crews Writing Project and to keep the memory of Josh alive,” said Joe Rizzo, Flagler County Education Foundation’s executive director and a childhood friend of Josh.
Local businesses such as Eldredge and Davis, P.A., Intracoastal Bank, Flagler Dental and Quantum Electric are among many who support this event every year. Through the Flagler County Education Foundation, the Josh Crews Writing Project has raised almost $500,000 for Flagler Schools creative writing clubs over the years.