GONZALES — Eight classes in seven different Ascension Parish schools recently were selected as recipients of Eatel Corp.’s Sixth annual Imagination Press Book Grant.

The grant funds projects that allow students to see their imaginations come to life on printed pages, and over the coming weeks the classes will develop narrative and illustrations for their winning story ideas. After the projects are completed, Eatel and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo will transform the work into hardbound books.

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

The classes and their grant-winning ideas are:

  • Sandi Bourque’s second-grade class, Sorrento Primary, “Awesome and Amazing Animal Alliterations”
  • Dot Castello’s third-grade class, G. W. Carver Primary, “Louisiana Places”
  • Kaci Chidester’s third-grade class, Central Primary, “The Artist in Me”
  • Susan Chmurka’s two classes, Lakeside Primary, “Follow Our Tracks Around the World” and “Lakeside’s Leading Ladies”
  • Lisa Goldsby’s fourth-grade class, Lake Elementary, “Poetry in Motion”
  • Natalie McKinney’s fourth-grade class, Oak Grove Primary, “Class of 2021”
  • Michelle Savoy’s fourth-grade class, Pecan Grove Primary, “Sharing Traditions from One Family to Another”

To view the classes’ winning story ideas, visit http://www.eatel.com/imagination.

Each student will receive a copy of the class’s book to share with family and friends or keep as a memento from the school year. The books, which will be delivered in January, also will be added to each school’s library.