Points of Pride

Second Graders at Apollo Elementary Take Publishing to New Heights

Posted by Brian Ruedi on June 18, 2014
FNLL1-webFamily and friends excitedly gathered in Mrs. Burcheci’s classroom as Apollo Elementary second graders and firefighter Tim Castner prepared to share their publication “Firefighter Nozzlehead, Letter by Letter.”
 
Tim shared with the audience his background in publishing and how he had worked with Apollo administrators and Mrs. Burcheci to make this book a reality. Tim’s goal for all of his publications is to help kids understand who true community heroes are and how they can be accessible to us. 
 
“This book is a big deal!” exclaimed Tim. “Not many eight year olds can say they’ve published a book. In fact, not many adults can say they’ve published a book. This is now a legacy for these students.”
 
Mrs. Burcheci described how the writing, editing, illustrating, and publishing of “Firefighter Nozzlehead, Letter by Letter” correlated with the second grade literacy curriculum. She noted that students currently use the writing and editing process to publish books, however, “Firefighter Nozzlehead, Letter by Letter” took their publication process to new heights.
 
Throughout the publication process, students worked with Tim to create all aspects of their book; from the firefighter terminology associated with the letters of the alphabet, to Tim bringing in his firefighting gear for students to model their illustrations, the book was a complete collaboration from beginning to end.
 
With the book projected on the whiteboard, students and Mrs. Burcheci read their publication aloud. After sharing their newly published book, Tim presented each student with a copy that was signed and included a personal message from him expressing the joy he had experienced while working with each student to make this publication a success. In turn, Mrs. Burcheci and students presented Tim with an artful thank you poster and a collection of heartwarming thank you letters.
 
FNLL4-webFNLL2-webStudents and Mrs. Burcheci were very excited to see the fruits of their labor come together in a published book. Many students noted that this was the highlight of their second grade year, and even Mrs. Burcheci shared how thrilled she is to be able to type in her name into Amazon.com and see a publication associated with it.