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"Roxaboxen" Introduction

Roxaboxen: 2003 Writing Night at Bernabi

On March 19, 2003, the Bernabi community celebrated its 8th Annual Writing Night. This year's topic was "Community," as represented and symbolized by the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Barbara Cooney.

This book tells the real-life story of a group of children who create their own community out of rocks and boxes. They choose roles for themselves and play there year after year. As the children grow up, they all leave the nest, and their play-community. But they return years later to relive their childhood experiences.

Check out some pictures of the real Roxaboxen.


On this special evening, Bernabi welcomed many families to our very own Roxaboxen community (clicking on pictures will give you a bigger version).

Welcome......to Roxaboxen!

This year the focus was on oral presentations (an important component of the NYS English Language Arts Standards), as modeled by Ms. Heieck and Mrs. Donaghy.

Teachers modeling the oral presentationsPrincipal, Mrs. Eagle

After our principal, Mrs. Eagle, read the book Roxaboxen, families were asked to write about community-related topics.

To see the assignment, click here.


Later, students presented their stories orally in front of a rapt audience!

Writing......presenting......and listening.

To read their stories, click here.


Afterwards, stories were displayed in the main hall as part of a community mural.

Displays...and more displays.


A wonderful time was had by all!!


For more pictures of the writing night, click here.


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