Thanks to a grant and lots of creativity and hard work, Mindy Spear’s first-grade class at Ann MacArthur Primary School will soon become published authors. Mrs. Spear applied for and won the $409 grant from the Kids in Need Foundation. The funds will be used to upload each student’s personal narrative story to, an online service that will publish the story as a paperback book. 

The class began the school year writing in their journals regularly. Each student then chose one journal entry that could grow into a personal narrative story. Over several months, the authors learned how to organize a story, how to choose a focus for the book, and how to edit their own work. The final versions of each story will be typed on the computer and illustrated. Finally, the narratives will be sent to and bound as paperbacks, making each young writer a published author! 

Families will be invited to “Kids Do the Write Thing”, an author’s day celebration at which every book will be projected onto a screen and read for the audience. Mrs. Spear plans to order a second set of books to donate to the Kids in Need Foundation for other children to enjoy.


Photo Caption(l-r): Mrs. Mindy Spear and AMP Assistant Principal Michele Salerno at a Board of Education meeting at which Mrs. Spear was recognized for applying for and receiving the grant.