Advanced Writing Skills

Advanced Writing Skills (AWS), Program Overview
Serving Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Monroe & Northampton Counties

Community Partners 4 Kids is dedicated to keeping children and youth safe throughout our region. Our Advanced Writing Skills (AWS) program is designed as a vessel to teach children to be aware of the dangers they face from predators and how they can be aware of options to avoid them while also increasing their writing skills.

Created to be a supplement to classroom learning, the AWS curriculum is PA standards based to support learners needing extra support. For students who are identified as English as a second language learners or for students who need to build confidence in their writing, Community Partners 4 Kids’ AWS program is here as an extra resource for your students and school.

Created by Dr. Nikki Broome, PhD and Deb Colitas, MS Education, every detail of the AWS program was scrutinized to properly add needed practice, examples, and experience for your students. Students between the grades of 5th and 8th are the targeted audience for our program.

Designed as an after-school program, AWS focuses on developing core writing skills using the topic of child safety. Over the course of the program students develop four key components of advanced writing skills:


An opportunity for the student to practice acquiring knowledge about a specific topic so they may instruct others.


An opportunity for the student to practice writing about a chosen topic.


An opportunity for the student to develop meaningful writing skills.


An opportunity to develop quality skills instruction.
These skills will be developed while addressing multiple safety issues including safety at school, bullying, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and internet and social media safety.

Regular writing is key to developing and increasing a comfort level in writing. The maintenance of a notebook is a critical piece of AWS in building confidence and skills. In the AWS classroom students will be required to write every day, including days in which they are not meeting, adding to their story about each topic.

We anticipate the students selected to participate in this special after-school program would meet twice weekly for 90 minutes each, meeting for a ten (10) week period.

Pennsylvania State Standards that are covered within the program

Standard - CC.8.6.6-8.F

Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

Standard - CC.8.5.6-8.H

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

Standard - CC.8.6.6-8.C

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Standard - CC.8.6.6-8.I

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Standard - CC.8.6.6-8.D

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.


Glen A. Dorney - Chief of Police, City of Allentown Police Department

“The Allentown Police Department and I, wholeheartedly appreciate the "Community Partners 4 Kids" program. Over the years, we have worked collaboratively in numerous programs including the recent "B-Safe workshops as well as the eleven child ID events presented jointly throughout 2016. We also very much appreciate the child safety handbooks repeatedly supplied to us. Without this assistance, it would have been difficult for the department to carry out these goals.

We look forward to a continued collaborative working relationship which will be long lasting and beneficial to the children and residents of the City of Allentown. ”

Kids Discovery Expo – DaVinci Science Center

“Thanks to your generous support, the May 3rd Kids Discovery Expo, held at the DaVinci Science Center, was once again a tremendous success”

Lynn N. – Parent at State Rep Rosemary Browne ID Event

“Keeping our children safe is a priority. The Child ID program is an excellent resource for families in our neighborhood.”

American Bank

“Thank you for the opportunity for American Bank to participate as a host of a Child ID event. You should be proud of the Child ID program and the peace of mind that it provides to parents”