ROCHELLE — Several local elementary students were awarded for their achievements in writing at a Young Author’s celebration event, held at Rochelle Middle School last Tuesday.
Michelle Mairs, Tilton School second grade teacher, explained the Young Authors program is a statewide book contest for students to showcase their creativity and writing skills.
“The students write their own books, and teachers can only help with spelling and punctuation, if needed,” Mairs said. “The students were able to write fiction or non-fiction.”
The entries were judged by a group of teachers, with awards given to first and second place from each grade.
Last week the students were honored at a district-wide celebration with their families along with board members, principals, and teachers. Everyone had an opportunity to hear from the young authors who described a little about their story and their inspiration for writing.
Each student was also given a gift bag of goodies and treats compliments of the Rochelle Elementary Education Association and District 231.
“Some of the students will be heading down to the Statewide Young Author’s program in two weeks,” said Mairs. “At this event students will meet and talk with published children’s authors, enjoy some writing activities, and receive a gold seal for their winning book.”