Triton Payne, a 7th grader at BAK Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, gets feedback on his writing from Future Authors teacher Nicole Adamo, an English teacher at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton.
(l to r) Future Author teachers Katrina Sapp Holder, Cartheda T. Mann, Diane Yohe (District Secondary Literacy Program Planner) and Nicole Adamo with author Steven Forman (center).
Océ, a Canon Group company and an international leader in digital document management, announced that on Friday, October 28, 2011, the lives of about 40 Palm Beach middle and high school students will be changed forever. The students will become real published authors, as their book Blood, Sweat & Words will be unveiled for the first time at an official book signing.
The new authors, who participated in the sixth annual Océ Future Authors Project writing workshop during the summer, will join parents, school officials and community leaders for the book signing at the City of Boca Raton Public Library at Spanish River at 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd, starting at 9:30 a.m. After a short program, which will include student readings, attendees can have copies of the book signed by the young authors. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP by emailing Diane Yohe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Extra copies of the book will be on sale at the library for $5 each. All proceeds benefit the District of Palm Beach Education Foundation and the Océ Future Authors Project.
Océ began the program in 2006 in partnership with School District of Palm Beach County. The program was created as a way to inspire young people to pursue their love of writing and reading. During the eight-day free writing workshop, participants hear from well-known authors, learn new writing skills from licensed language arts teachers, and are coached through a variety of writing exercises. As a result, students improve their writing and critical thinking skills, develop an understanding of how authors are published, and learn about today’s digital print and publishing opportunities. Student writings are then compiled, professionally published and digitally printed in final book form on Océ production printing system equipment.
This year’s program was made possible thanks to generous grants from the Lawrence Sanders Foundation; Maroone, an AutoNation Company; and Xplor International, a not-for-profit educational and networking association serving users and suppliers of document technologies.
“During times of deep budget cuts and program eliminations, public-private partnerships like this are more valuable than ever. We are so grateful that we continue to be able to offer this unique opportunity to our students,” said Janis Andrews, Ed.D., assistant superintendent. “Programs like this demonstrate the difference creative public-private partnerships can make in the delivery of quality educational opportunities. We salute companies like Océ North America and all of the sponsors who have invested in Palm Beach County students through this successful program.”
Francis McMahon, Vice President of Marketing, Production Printing Systems at Océ North America, says his company is proud to support a program that enriches the educational experience for so many budding authors. “Watching the students become published authors and light up when they see their book for the first time is priceless,” he said. “Their expressions of delight confirm that we have achieved the goal we set out to accomplish – cultivating a passion for writing and reading among the next generation of writers.”