Lakeside Primary School teacher Pam Gautreau’s third-grade students celebrated the publishing of their books with two book-signing parties in May.

“Give Me Louisiana” authors had a party May 12, and authors of “A Little Lagniappe” celebrated May 19.

Both classes researched and wrote about people and events that contributed to the Louisiana Purchase.

The opportunity to write and publish class books was provided through the funding of an Ascension Fund grant. This year Hughes Insurance Services supported Gautreau’s project with $1,000 to purchase nonfiction texts while awarding each of her 40 students a chance to receive a free copy of the class’ hardback book.

Once the books were published, families and friends were invited to a book-signing party to celebrate the work of the students, she said.

At the book-signing parties, each student read his or her page aloud. At the end of the presentation, students signed all of the books while the audience was treated to a slideshow created by Gautreau and her husband, David. The slideshow highlighted events from the school year.

Gautreau has published 14 books with her students over the course of her teaching career.

Past grant were provided by the Ascension Fund and Eatel Corp. For many years, she said, Eatel supported the project through the Reach a Kid Teach a Kid grant.