(Transcript of presentation speech by Robert Brooke, NeWP Director)
We recognize Robert Bussmann for his long support of elementary school writers, families, and teachers. While he served as principal at Arnold Elementary School in Lincoln, Mr. Bussmann supported and encouraged an after school Writing Circle that had a weekly attendance of 50 writers grades 1-5. Since his retirement, Mr. Bussmann has worked as a primary sponsor of the summer I Love to Write and We Love to Write workshops, facilitated by Nebraska Writing Project teachers and funded by the Lincoln Area Retired School Personnel Association. Each summer, over 200 students and 20 families have participated in these week long workshops.
Robert Bussmann was nominated for the 2011 Administrator Certificate of Recognition by Advisory Board member Deb Coyle and her co-teacher Connie Healey. They write:
Mr. Bussmann recognizes the value of excellence and high standards in the teaching of writing. He is first to expound to the listening ears of students and parents the benefits of having teachers who are writing professionals. He is a loyal supporter of Nebraska Writing Project teachers. His work has been invaluable for the last eleven years to the success of the yearly I Love To Write workshops, which affect students from grade 2 through middle school, and for families writing together in the We Love to Write Workshops. He has been an active participant in the workshops, from planning and organization to attending sessions. We highly recommend the selection of Mr. Robert Bussmann for this prestigious award. We feel his untiring support of writing for the students and families of Lincoln have brought many far-reaching individual successes within and beyond the walls of the school building.
Please join me in recognizing Robert Bussmann with the Nebraska Writing Project 2011 Administrator Certificate of Recognition.