ONEKAMA SCHOOL HOSTS
YOUNG AUTHORS' DAY
There was excitement,
pride, and bit of nervous energy in the air as Onekama Elementary
School students prepared to share with their families and
schoolmates the books they had authored themselves.
On Friday, March 22, in the Onekama School cafetorium, students in
Kindergarten through fifth grade participated in Young Authors' Day.
The annual event gives students an opportunity to share their
writing in a public and celebrated way.
Working in mixed-age groups, students took turns sitting in the
author’s chair and reading their stories aloud. Stories ranged from
non-fiction books about animals to imaginative short stories and
There were a variety of formats for the books. Students in
Kindergarten and first grade used traditional bare books to write
and illustrate their stories. The second grade class used a program
called StoryKit to create books and present them on their iPad
tablets. Students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades used a
Student Publishing service to create their books online, which were
then professionally printed and bound.
The event was the culmination of March is Reading Month, a
month-long celebration at Onekama School of reading and the
examination of what makes a good story. Using what they learned,
Onekama students are ready to pick up their pencils, dive into their
imaginations, and create original stories of their own.
“Throughout March is Reading Month, we tried to impart the lessons
that reading is important, that writing is valuable, and that our
students’ imaginations are endless. Young Authors' Day celebrates
these lessons, and it celebrates our students and their hard work,”
explained Onekama Title I teacher Shantel Niederstadt.
Added Niederstadt: “Young Authors' Day is more than just an
opportunity for students to show off their writing, though that’s
important, too. It can be intimidating to stand in front of a group
of your peers and address a large audience. This event allows
students to practice public speaking, which is an essential life
skill. It also allows them to take pride in their work. At Onekama
School, we are working to create confident and capable students, and
experiences like Young Authors' Day help move us towards this goal.”