Students at four schools recently received copies of the books they authored thanks to a grant program by Eatel Corp.

Eatel representatives delivered books to eight Ascension Parish primary classes that were recipients of the eighth annual Eatel Imagination Press Book Grants.

Encouraging creativity and student expression, local teachers and their classes spent several months developing narratives and illustrations for their winning story ideas, a news release from Eatel said.

Eatel and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo transformed the students’ work into hardbound books. Each student received a copy of the book to share with family and friends, and a copy of each class’s finished book has been added to the school’s library.

“Eatel and Picaboo’s partnership is a great example of how companies can help make a memorable impact on a child’s academic experience,” said Patrice Pujol, Ascension Parish superintendent. “This Eatel grant is an opportunity for students to learn about the bookmaking process, while teaching them how to share their ideas with others.”

Recent grant winners were:

Sandi Bourque: second-grade teacher at Donaldsonville Primary School, whose class wrote “When I Grow Up.”

Susan Chmurka: third-grade teacher at Lakeside Primary School, who had two winning story ideas for two separate classes. Her class books were “Deer Dollars” and “Lakeside Loves Lemonade.”

Maggie Gautreau: fourth-grade teacher at Gonzales Primary School, who had a winning story idea that she used for two classes: “Life on a Ship.”

Shondra James: second-grade teacher at Donaldsonville Primary, “Our Special Memories.”

Joanna Kohrs: third-grade teacher at St. Amant Primary, who had two winning story ideas. Her class books are “How to Be Safe Like Me” and “How to Get Reading Superpowers.”