EATEL recently selected 12 Ascension Parish primary classes as recipients of the fourth annual Imagination Press Book Grant. Encouraging creativity and student expression, a dozen teachers and their classes will spend the coming weeks developing narrative and illustrations for their winning story ideas. Once completed, EATEL and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo will transform their work into a hardbound book. Each student will receive a copy of their book to share with family and friends, and keep as a memento from their school year. The finished books will also be added to each class’s school library.
 The Imagination Press Book Grant funds projects that allow students to see their imagination come to life on printed pages. “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 School Board superintendent. “This grant is an opportunity for students to learn about the bookmaking process, while teaching them how to share their ideas with others.”

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This year’s grant winners and their project titles are:
    •    Amanda Martinez, Lake Elementary
    •    “Campfire Adventures”
    •    Emily Lambert, Pecan Grove Primary                      
    •    “If I were a Super Hero”
    •    Patty Grimball, Galvez Primary                   
    •    “Jobs in the Community”
    •    Lauren Loraso, Duplessis Primary
    •    “Where’s Kate? She’s Always Late!”
    •    Sherrie Anderson, Lowery Elementary
    •    “College-Bound Kids”
    •    Molly Chapman, Lowery Elementary
    •    “From Readers to Leaders”
    •    Crystal Kleinpeter, Gonzales Primary          
    •    “A Smile Means the Same in All Languages”
    •    Dot Castello, G.W. Carver Primary   
    •    “Excellent Character: An Alphabet Book”
    •    Amy Kirby, Oak Grove Primary
    •    “Dear Soldiers…”
    •    Susan Chmurka, Lakeside Primary
    •    “Tall Tales from the Swamp”
    •    Honey Lundin, Spanish Lake Primary
       “What a Character!” and “Be a Team Player”