Program helps students become book-makers

Eatel Corp. representatives delivered books to eight Ascension Parish primary school classrooms as part of the seventh annual Imagination Press Book Grant program.

The Eatel Imagination Press Book Grant funds projects that allow students to see their imagination come to life on printed pages, Eatel Community coordinator Jenny Heroman said in a news release.

“Utilizing creativity and student expression, eight classes co-wrote their very own books coming up with their own plots, characters, illustrations, photographs and designs,” she said.

Eatel and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo transformed the student-authored work into hardbound books. Each student and teacher received a copy of their book, and books were added to each school’s library.

“This year, the winning teachers were able to incorporate this book-making project into the new curriculum and give students an experience they’ll never forget,” Heroman said. “Eatel is proud to support education in this parish and encourage reading and writing through this endeavor.”

This year’s grant winners and their project titles were:

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