EATEL delivers books and smiles to eight Ascension Parish classes

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
D.J. Bennett, from Natalie McKinney's class at Oak Grove Primary School, proudly salutes  as he tells us about his aspirations to become a United States Marine.

EATEL recently delivered books to eight Ascension Parish primary classes and their teachers as recipients of the 7th annual Imagination Press Book Grant. The EATEL Imagination Press Book Grant funds projects that allow students to see their imagination come to life on printed pages. Utilizing creativity and student expression, eight classes co-wrote their very own books coming up with their own plots, characters, illustrations, photographs, and designs. EATEL and Internet-based photo book publisher Picaboo then transformed their work into a hardbound book. Each student and teacher received a copy of their book to share with family and friends and to keep as a memento from their school year. The finished books were also 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," says Jenny Heroman, EATEL Community Coordinator. "EATEL is proud to support education in this parish and encourage reading and writing through this endeavor."

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

Susan Chmurka, Lakeside Primary School (two separate classes)

• "Lakeside's Leading Ladies"

• "Follow Our Tracks Around the World"

Dot Castello, G. W. Carver PrimarySchool

• "Louisiana Places"

Michelle Savoy, Pecan Grove PrimarySchool

• "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"