OVER 1,550 teachers, parents and pupils converged on Racket Hall Hotel in Roscrea and The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise to celebrate the publication of over 1,500 books by 1,593 pupils from thirty two schools in the Write-a-Book project.
This project is co-ordinated by Laois Education Centre with Laois County Enterprise Board.
The Laois ‘Write-a-Book’ project which is in its fourteenth year, links the curricular areas of visual arts and English, while also prompting integration with practically every other curricular area for teacher and pupil. It is a very valuable tool for teachers as it allows students engage in the process of writing which includes planning, drafting, editing, re-drafting, publishing and binding.
When books are completed, they are swapped with those of other schools, so pupils can experience the writings of other similarly aged children.
Guest of honour on the night was Michael Creagh, author, pantomime writer, poet. He complimented Laois Education Centre on the valuable project and commented on the efficient organisation of the project. He said the books were a great compliment to all the teachers, pupils and parents involved and encouraged students to continue writing. Michael entertained all present with his reading of one of his own poems on ‘Billy Egan’ and finished by singing a song of his own creation ‘My Boomerang Won’t Come Back’ much to the delight and amusement of both young and old present
Jim Enright, director of Laois Education Centre said on the night that the Write-a-Book project is one of the most exciting and rewarding projects that Laois Education Centre is involved with. Jim went on to compliment all the ‘young writers’ on the quality of their writing and the further commented on how the books which represent a very diverse range of topics were beautifully and artistically illustrated and presented.
Jim thanked his colleagues in the Education Centre particularly Yvonne Nolan fro her work organising the vast quantity of entries. He thanked Laois County Enterprise Board for their continued support and the teachers and principals who supported their pupils,
148 Merit awards nd 343 highly commended awards were presented over the two evenings by Michael Creagh and each of the 1593 participating pupils received a certificate of participation as well as a pack.