Eatel Corp. recently delivered books to 11 Ascension Parish primary classes that were recipients of the ninth annual Eatel Imagination Press Book Grants.
Local teachers and their classes spent several months developing narratives and illustrations for their winning story ideas. Eatel and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo transformed the students’ work into hardbound books. Each student received a copy of the book, and a copy of each finished book was donated to the school libraries.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to not only think creatively but also to see that creative work professionally published,” said Patrice Pujol, Ascension Parish schools superintendent. “We are grateful to Eatel for partnering with our teachers in a program that very well may inspire the next great literary authors.”
Lakeside Primary School fourth-grade teacher Susan Chmurka said it was “a thrill to see the children light up” when they saw their published works.
This year’s grant winners are:
Sherrie Anderson, fourth-grade teacher at Spanish Lake Elementary. Her class authored “College Bound Kids.” The students thought about their futures and where they hoped to go to college. Anderson said she asked them to describe their goals and what career field they hope to go into one day.
Sarah Blank, second-grade teacher at Dutchtown Primary, had two winning classes publish “Escape from Candyland.” Blank’s students used their creative writing skills to explain how they would escape if they were trapped in the famous board game “Candyland.”
Sandi Bourque, third-grade Donaldsonville Primary teacher, had her two classes write “If I Could Travel Anywhere, I Would Travel To…” Students researched locations and cultures from around the world to publish their book.
Susan Chmurka, Lakeside Primary third-grade teacher, had two winning story ideas for two classes. The students published “Letters to the Principal” and “Love That Poetry.”
Amber Landry, G.W. Carver Primary second-grade teacher, whose class book is titled “We Are Problem Solvers.”
Amanda Martinez, Lake Elementary, whose two classes each got to author a book titled “Math in Our Everyday World.”
Janice Morgan, Sorrento Primary second-grade teacher, whose class book was designed to get the students’ thinking caps on. The students were assigned a classic children’s story and asked to choose a different ending.