A group of English and art students at Greenbrier High School recently teamed up to create children's books.
In a project titled Cover to Cover: A Community Book Making Project for Kids by Kids, 10th-grade students in Vickie Dorn's language arts class partnered with students in Carrie Brooks' art classes to write and illustrate the short stories.
"It was a good way to test their knowledge of storytelling," Dorn said of her students taking part in the project. "It was a way to get them to think about what they're doing, think about writing concepts, in a practical way."
Brooks said illustrating the books challenged her students by stretching their imaginations.
"They made covers using a mixture of paint and shaving cream," she said. "They used decorative paper and whatever else they could get their hands on, so it wasn't just a drawing.
"The pages have a texture to them you can feel and little kids would like to feel."
Materials for the books were purchased using a $440 Junior League Award for Classroom Enrichment Grant and a matching grant from the Columbia County school board.
Once the books were complete, numerous students took a field trip to Riverside Elementary School to read them to first-graders.
"That was the best part," said Tori Newberry, 15, of reading her book, Chippy the Chipmunk , to the Riverside pupils. "They loved it. They were listening then asking questions and laughing."
Tori's friend and classmate, 15-year-old Kristina Garrity, illustrated the book, which is about a chipmunk succumbing to peer pressure and lying to his parents.
An illustration of Chippy's room in the book included a tiny poster for the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.
"They (Riverside pupils) loved it," Kristina said. "They were like, 'I know who that is.' "
Though they considered creating the book a tough assignment, the 10th-graders said seeing the children's excitement made the ordeal worth it.
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