Sydney Davis and Donna Dunkum – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- May 4 is quickly approaching, and that means senior Mustangs are preparing their final books for the annual Kiddie Lit project.

On Friday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. seniors will head down to the cafeteria and find their English teachers’ names on the table. It is very important that students ride the school bus to the elementary school. The district is responsible for all students, so they MUST ride the school bus. Students will get back to LRHS between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.

English teacher Timothy Fraser explained why he thinks it’s good for students to participate in Kiddie lit, “Kiddie lit is a good combination of a lot of things we learned throughout the year. It’s a nice way to get back to this generation of seniors. It’s cool because we start off in elementary school and we end as a senior.”

Senior Camryn Laney said, “Kiddie Lit is going good, it’s very fun writing a kid’s book and being able to get creative with our school work. I am in the early childhood class and have worked in a daycare, so I do have experience with kids.

“The name of my book is Topher’s Mission,” Laney said. “I’m not sure what my future job will be but I’m sure creating this book will help me because I love working with kids and can see myself taking the early childhood path.”

Senior Kristin Cone added,” Kiddie lit is a very fun project and good practice with teamwork. I have read to kids before, it is something I do every day because I work at Kiddie Acadamy.”

Seniors received field trip forms for the project on Monday, April 23 in their second period class.

Kiddie lit has been going on at LRHS since the school opened in 1998.

Kiddie Lit was originally called “Winnie the Pooh and Shakespeare, Too,” and started as a literary program by former 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.

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