Sandra Maddox – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS seniors are in the process of writing children books in English 4 classes. The so-called Kiddie Lit program includes teachers Candice Delazzer, Carol Gingerich, Timothy Fraser, and Daniel Bryan-Beachler.
There are about 350 senior students involved, not including Advanced Placement (AP) Lit students. With the AP Lit students, there are around 500-600 student participants.
Delazzer said, “The overall goal is to show the students the importance of reading to children and to hopefully have them one day take what they learned and do the same with their children and teach them the importance of reading.
“They should be done writing the children books and will be going to Bashaw Elementary School to read their books to the students and do activities with them,” Delazzer continued.
Kiddie Lit was originally called “Winnie the Pooh and Shakespeare, Too” and started as a literary program by Southeast English teacher Frank Anderson and his wife Andy, a kindergarten teacher at Bashaw Elementary. In 1992 the two brought both groups together to support literacy and celebrate reading.