Voices

Voices, a Student Literary and Art Publication: 2022 edition

Welcome to the homepage of Voices, a district-produced student literary and art publication. Our goal in creating Voices is to provide to our community an opportunity to see and hear our brilliant students through their personal written work or pieces of visual art. We want to give our students, from early childhood through high school, an outlet to spotlight their voices, and we want our community to benefit from their passions and creativity. Following are links to previous editions that were mailed to all households in our school district. We are excited and proud to have this opportunity to feature the extraordinary work and compelling perspectives of our students!

The theme of the 2022 edition is COURAGE, inspired by Success Beyond the Classroom's 2022 Young Authors Conference theme. Writers and artists are brave people. Every sentence and every creation takes courage. All writers and artists wonder how others will react, and if their message can actually make a difference. Yes, they can! Be bold. Be fearless. Submit your creative work about courage so our community has an opportunity to hear and see you! 

  • We’re looking for student writing and artwork to publish with the summer issue of 623 Today.
    • Writing can include poetry, prose, short essays, etc., and should be no longer than 300 words.
    • Artwork can include painting, drawings, photography, digital artwork, photos of 3D art, etc., and if possible, should be scanned at 300 dpi for high resolution.
  • Remind students to write or create artwork related to the theme of COURAGE.
    • Students might find it helpful to brainstorm examples of courage. Remind them to give it time past the stage of “I think I’m out of ideas” to come up with new, creative ideas and thoughts.
    • Here are some questions related to courage. Students can create more.
      • The root word of courage is cor, Latin for heart. What does it mean to you to be courageous? Where and when have you experienced or witnessed courage? What qualities does a person need to be courageous? 
  • Pieces that aren’t selected for print publication may be included online, so we’re encouraging wide participation across the district, from preschool to 12th grade.
  • Students should submit their entries using our Google form.
  • All submissions must be received by the end of the day, May 13, 2022.

Please email us at voices@isd623.org if you have any questions. We are excited and proud to have this opportunity to feature the extraordinary work and compelling perspectives of our students!