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Writing Books to Honor Victims

HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Here’s a feel-good story for your Friday. A creative writing class in Hazleton Area High School has published their own children’s books. But that’s not why these kids are making the news tonight.

“There was a giraffe named Frank, who was awake every day before the sun.”

It’s story time for Hazleton pre-schoolers as creative writing students at Hazleton Area High School read the books they’ve written.

“Frank, it’s time to plant a garden.”

“We do a lot of poems, short stories, horror stories but the project we’re doing right now is little children’s books,” said Hazleton Area High School senior Michelle Gheorghe.

“I liked the giraffe one.”

“”My favorite is the one when the girl was a princess and she had a mustache.”

But this semester the project is a little different. This time the books aren’t just connected to these preschool classes. They’re also connected to a very special group of kindergarteners.

Creative writing teacher Pamela Bromiley recalls the last time her students read to these kids in December.

“When we got back to the high school, we had learned of the newtown tragedy, and i can’t begin to describe the emotions we felt. They were compounded by the fact that we had just been with preschool children,” said creative writing teacher Pamela Bromiley.

So this semester, the books are going to the Sandy Hook library and the families of victims in Newtown. Each student wrote their book for a child who was killed.

“My book is dedicated to Catherine, and she liked cats and dogs, so that’s what my book was about,” said Gheorghe.

“Another student, her victim was mute, so her book deals with a mime,” said Bromiley.

“It’s an honor. It really is. It means so much, and I hope that they’ll like it. I hope they really will,” said Gheorghe.


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