IPS Fourth Graders Will Read, Sign New Book they Wrote about Indianapolis at Feb. 23 Celebration at School 15

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AuthorHouse donated publishing services, books to organization

The Second Story, a nonprofit organization created to inspire and encourage young writers, has published Hot Baked Cheetos and Other Things We Like About Indianapolis, a book of short stories about the city written by fourth graders at IPS School 15 on the near east side. Students wrote about such local favorites as the Indianapolis Zoo, the State Fair, Garfield Park, Irish Fest, and neighborhood stores selling snacks like hot Cheetos.

On Feb. 23, students will read their work, sign books, and celebrate the end of a five-month project that brought volunteer professional writers, educators, and college students from Butler University, the University of Indianapolis, and IUPUI into the school each week. Family members, volunteers, Second Story board members, school administrators, and other key supporters will also attend the celebration.

AuthorHouse, the Bloomington-based provider of self publishing and marketing services, sponsored the book by donating publishing services and copies of the book for students and volunteers. The project was also supported by grants from State Farm and the Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate.

What: Young author celebration, reading and book signing
When: 2 p.m., Feb. 23
Where: IPS School 15, 2302 E. Michigan St.

Hot Baked Cheetos, which sells for $13.50, is available in local bookstores and can be ordered online at authorhouse.com or amazon.com. Proceeds from the sale of the books go to support this and future student-publishing projects.

The book project caps the first in-school program for The Second Story, which will continue its efforts at other IPS locations this spring--while also providing after-school creative writing programming in partnership with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center at 42nd and Broadway and the Lilly Boys & Girls Club in Fountain Square.

The Second Story works with the philosophy that young people who enjoy writing have a better chance of improving their skills as writers, a crucial component to academic success at all levels. To achieve its goals of improving writing attitudes, The Second Story teaches writing in ways that make it fun and dynamic for students. The approach offers young people individual attention and encouragement, as well as freedom of expression.

The Second Story formed in 2007 with the mission helping young people develop positive attitudes about writing. The organization took shape in 2008 as it developed a full board of writers and educators and hired a managing director. The Second Story received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS in November of 2008.

Mission statement: The Second Story is a nonprofit creative writing project for young writers in Greater Indianapolis. Through classroom exercises, after-school tutoring, and other special programs and events, The Second Story helps kids 6 to 18 find joy in writing as they discover their voices, explore their world, and embrace a life of curiosity and self-expression. Learn more at http://www.secondstoryindy.org.

About AuthorHouse
AuthorHouse, an author services brand of Author Solutions, Inc., is the leading provider of indie book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will release its 60,000th title in spring 2009. For more information, or to publish your book, visit http://www.authorhouse.com, or call 1-888-519-5121.


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