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Grovetown pupils are published authors

Books created in writing project

Posted: April 17, 2013 - 10:23am  |  Updated: April 21, 2013 - 12:00am
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Grovetown Elementary third and fourth grade students and their parents search for the books that they worked on for the past two months using an online publishing program. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Grovetown Elementary third and fourth grade students and their parents search for the books that they worked on for the past two months using an online publishing program. Photo by Jim Blaylock

More than 100 Grovetown Elementary School pupils have a new title.

“They are authors now,” Principal Scott Weinand said of the 101 fourth- and fifth-graders who attended the Author’s Tea at the school Tuesday.

As part of the third annual optional creative writing project, the pupils spent two months writing and designing their own books through a free online program.

The tea was the unveiling of the finished hardback books to the pupils and their parents.

“I love it,” fourth-grader Jennifer Hernandez, 10, said of her book Spark, about a meteor hitting Earth and the ensuing drama.

“It was worth it.”

Media specialist Melissa Watson, who coordinated the project, said she taught pupils about the writing and editing process and what makes an interesting book. They worked on the books on their home computers or in the school library.

The school then had the books printed through an online service that allows parents to order additional copies.

The pupils eagerly milled around the school cafeteria looking for their books to show to friends, teachers and family members.

Fourth-grader Dante Booker, 9, was the main character in his book, The Dog Story, in which he takes in a homeless dog.

His stepfather, Frank Williams, beamed as he took photos to send to Dante’s mother. “I’m so proud,” Williams said.

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