Kiddie Lit not childs play

Peyton McLaughlin and Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS seniors are in the midst of preparing projects for the annual “Kiddie Lit” Project.

This project combines research and individual creativity that helps Mustangs create a children’s book to read at Bashaw Elementary.  First, the students have to research and use their imagination to create a child-friendly book, by creating a story line and illustrations that connect to the story. Once they finish creating the story, they go to Bashaw Elementary and read their book to an assigned class.

LRHS senior Eric Gutowski stated, “The project is fun because we get to work together but it does take a lot of group effort.”

The seniors will be going to Bashaw Elementary May 5 to spend the morning reading their books and working on activities with the children.

This program started back in 1992 when a teacher from Southeast High school named Frank Anderson and his wife Andy, a kindergarten teacher at Bashaw Elementary, thought of a way to bring together the two groups of students in an educational way.

LRHS English Teacher Daniel Bryan-Beachler stated, “The book really shows the students creativity and it is amazing.”

The point of this project is to help elementary students learn the importance of literacy and literature in a fun way, the seniors have to be sure to include basic skills for the grade they were assigned.