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FPS and FHS become ‘Book Buddies’


Students in Teresa Longworth’s second grade class at Farragut Primary School and students in Hope Brashears’ advanced art class at Farragut High School recently collaborated to write, illustrate and bind original stories for the FPS students to keep.

Brashears said, “I teach an art class that focuses on paper — like collage, three dimensional paper, paper making and book binding. I look for a project each semester where the kids do something that they can give away.”

Brashears contacted Longworth because two of her art students, Abbey Burgin and Caitlain Childester, were students of Longworth at FPS and they suggested her students might enjoy the project.

So the second-graders became authors.


“We spent about three weeks writing the stories. Then we sent them over to the high school around Thanksgiving,” Longworth said.

She gave the students direction as far as the parts of the story but the creative work was left strictly up to the students.

“Each student wrote a different book and they could write it about anything they wanted to write about,” Longworth said.

“I talked to the kids about how you have to have a beginning, a middle and an end and you have to make it easy for the high schoolers to illustrate it,” she added.

The art students illustrated and bound the books and returned them to Longworth’s class.

“They took the story and did a layout and then they used the students’ story and wrote it out on the pages and did the illustrations and then bound the book,” Brashears said.

“What the high schoolers did was, if the book was called “My Dog Sam,” they wrote ‘My Dog Sam, written by’ whatever the kid’s name was and ‘illustrated by’ and they put their name,” Longworth added.

Each art student presented his or her book to the author in a special program in Longworth’s class Wednesday, Dec. 10.

“They walked all the way from the high school to the primary school in the rain,” Longworth said.

“It was awesome,” she added.

“There were 19 high schoolers and 20 kids in my class and my kids loved it. They are so excited. They are hanging on those books like they are gold.”

Brashears said this was the first time she has collaborated on a class project with younger children and the effect was not what she expected.

“[My students] loved it. It was interesting to me that they were worried the kids might not like their books. You wouldn’t think high school kids would be worried about that, but they were,” she said.

“It was a significant investment of their time, though, and I think that when you put that much time into something you do worry,” she added.

 

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