In the library, second grade students from Siebert Elementary School and DHS students from Sarah Hechlik’s third hour writing workshop class and Mark Francisco’s first hour 2D art class share their stories with one another. Over the past month the students have been writing stories about or for the elementary students, while the art class has been creating illustrations for the story. Some books are about the elementary students and others explore different adventures.
“[My story] was about an arctic dolphin who was a scientist, who went into a cave to meet his friends” senior Jessica Smith said.
During the day the students shared stories, drew pictures, played dodge ball and sharks and minnows, and ate pizza.
Junior Hannah DeRuyter went solo in writing and illustrating her story which she created in only two weeks. DeRuyter wrote a story about a skateboarder inspired by her second grade kid, Justin Corle, who enjoys skateboarding.
“I enjoyed writing probably writing probably more than I enjoyed the art,” DeRuyter said.
After the day with the high school students, the second grade students can go home with a new book designed specifically for them and a memory that will stick with them until they become high school students.