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Northome School first graders publish a book, donate a copy to the library

Mrs. Gayle Shaughnessy's first grade class at Northome School embarked on an exciting and fun project this school year -- all 15 students took part in writing and illustrating a hard cover book, Holiday Hank Wrecks the Holidays. On May 6, the class made a field trip to Northome City Library to donate a signed copy to the library. That book is now available for anyone to check out. The students also toured the library that day, signed up to be patrons and had a fun story time lead by volunteer and former teacher/librarian Juneal Reitan of Northome. The students dedicated the book simply to "our families" and they write about a furry creature whose adventures and mischief take him through various significant times of the year and especially the red letter holidays on the calendar. It is interesting to note that they wrote about Holiday Hank shooting at and missing a deer during deer season, attesting to the fact that northern Minnesota first graders consider that time of year as significant as any holiday! The following is a quote in part, in comments to the writers' parents from the publishing team, "A tremendous amount of time and effort went into this book. The students learned a great deal about the publishing process while they improved their vocabulary and writing skills. Plus, being a young published author gives a sense of pride and accomplishment. Your child is very fortunate to have a teacher who provides innovative activities that enhance the educational experience. We know you and your child will cherish this lifetime keepsake."