Sofia Anderson – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Friday LRHS seniors went on their annual field trip to William H. Bashaw Elementary School to read their “Kiddy Lit” research projects to the children there.
Kiddy Lit is a senior exit project officially called “Winnie the Pooh and Shakespeare, Too.” Seniors were required to write and illustrate original children’s books. Upon completing their books, students took a field trip to Bashaw Elementary.
Mustang senior Gillian Kouw stated, “I had a lot of fun at the elementary school reading to the kids, they loved the activities and my book.”
Senior Kearstin Marie said, “This project was a great experience and it was better than expected.”
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.”
“Winnie the Pooh and Shakespeare, Too” 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.