Pat Pegus, a teacher at Juniper School, set up a writing symposium on June 18, with books students in Juniper Elementary School wrote. Nine of the 14 classes took part, with each class having different themes for their books.
The books were then attached to hard covers that were shipped in from the United States, and the youth had the chance to illustrate the book as well as the front cover.
Keyanna Nowlin, a Grade 6 student, finished her book about a Youtube star, and how his life changed, and how he became the person he is today. Nowlin had the chance to see the final product during the symposium. “It feels pretty nice to have my thoughts into an actual book. I was excited and I thought it was fun that we got to write our own book.”
Pegus noted that back in the 1980s students used to do this, and she had a student ask if something like that could happen like that for them, so she made it happen. 151 books were printed, and Pegus hopes that these can become a nice keepsake for the students and their families.
Each author received a participation certificate and a bookmark.