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SUSAN WREN FUND -- Clinton Montz Jr. has donated $3,000 to the Southeastern Louisiana University Development Foundation’s Susan Wren Fund. From left, are Southeastern’s Wendy Johns, director of development, major gifts/planned giving; Montz; and Richard Louth and Melanie Plesh, co-directors of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project.
DONATION TO SUPPORT SLWP SUMMER INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS
HAMMOND -- Clinton Montz Jr., a retired New Orleans banker, has made a $3,000 donation to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Susan Wren Fund to underwrite an annual dinner for participants in the university’s Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) summer institute.
The fund honors the late Susan Wren, a Southeastern English professor and co-director of the SLWP from 1996-1998.
SLWP Co-Director Richard Louth said Wren helped write the SLWP’s “Rural Voices, Country Schools” grant, which provided three years of National Writing Project and Annenberg Foundation funding for the SLWP’s work with rural schools.
“Susan’s work helped SLWP deliver workshops on writing for local teachers, produce anthologies of student and teacher writing, and air two radio programs featuring the writing of students and teachers,” Louth said.
In addition to underwriting the “Susan Wren Memorial Pre-Institute Dinner" for teachers accepted each year into SLWP's Invitational Summer Institute, Montz's donation will also support school year work with writing project teachers and scholarships to SLWP's Young Writer's Camp each summer, Louth said.