Van Buren Elementary Students Become Published Authors

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VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Students at a Van Buren elementary school can now add “published author” to their resumes. Every student at Parkview Elementary is now a published author thanks to a literacy program implemented by the school.

Instructional facilitator of Cindy Williams says the free program through Student Treasure Nation-wide Publishing encourages students to become better writers.

“I’ve just seen young writers really really blossom by becoming truly published authors,” says Williams.

The kindergarten through 4th grade students didn’t know they would get to see their books Tuesday, so it was quite a celebration when they found out.

“In general, the kids have lots and lots on input,” claims Williams, “A lot of the covers were child designed and so they just feel complete ownership of this process.”

Teachers say each classroom brainstorms a story idea for a book. Williams says the publishing process has even helped improve literacy test scores.

“Walking through the publishing process all the way from rough draft, to manuscript, to illustrations, to sending it away to the publisher and awaiting anxiously for it to come back, has really pumped our writers up here,” says Williams.

Kindergartens through 3rd grade students write a book as a classroom, but 4th graders write their own story. Teachers commend 4th grade author Jentry Myers for creatively publishing a historic fiction book.

“I like the Titanic, so I wanted to do it for an individual book,” says Myers.

She says she even wrote the story in third person.

“It’s about a girl whose cousin has to ride on the Titanic to come to America to live,” claims Myers.

Williams says the publishing program has made kids excited about reading again especially since they can check out their books in the school library.

“I just have to tell you, they are the hottest commodity,” claims Williams. “They are never on the shelf. We have to repair them constantly because they’re always being checked out.”