Thursday, November 21, 2013

Juarez student contributes to book featuring 55 young authors

Lexy Torres, a fourth grade student at Juarez Elementary School in Mission Village, has had her story published in an anthology that includes stories from 54 other students across America.
Student Lexy and author Melissa

The story, about an injured starfish and the lessons she learns in recovery, is being published in"I Write" Short Stories by Kids for Kids, edited by Melissa M. Willilams, a Texas author and president of the non-profit READ3Zero. Lexy's story was the only one selected from a Southern California student.

"Lexy has a great imagination and when she is out somewhere, she always looks around to get ideas for stories and characters" said Michelle Hutchinson, the school's Library Assistant.

Lexy's story is about a starfish was injured and helped back to health by her friends. The starfish recovers, but having enjoyed the attention from her friends, tries to hide her good health. From there, life's lessons unfold.

This is the fourth year that author Melissa Williams has created "I Write."

“Encouraging not only students but parents, teachers, partners and businesses to inspire literacy is our goal with READ3Zero." she said. "The combination of literacy and creativity within the community is going to heavily influence the lives of young children to continue to learn outside of the classroom."
To learn more about READ3Zero and see the entire list of award recipients, visit