Students across Newark Unified School District became published authors in the 2016-17 school year, with their works bound for library collections as part of the Young Authors program.
This voluntary program offers students the opportunity to write a piece of fiction or a collection of poetry, which is then bound into a hardcover book. Students are given a copy to keep in their home library and a copy is kept in the school library for all students to enjoy.
The students’ written works are also judged, and winning entries become part of the Newark Library collection as books for the public to check out. Newark Mayor Alan L. Nagy celebrated with the Young Authors at a June publishing event at the Newark Library.
Young Authors has run successfully in NUSD for over 20 years, but only at a few schools. This year a grant from the Newark Betterment Corporation made it possible for any school to run the Young Authors program. In the 2016/2017 school year, 235 students participated from six elementary schools and the junior high.
KTVU highlighted one of our Young Authors in this Facebook post.