Houston nonprofit, iWRITE Literacy Organization, will honor 78 student authors and illustrators from the U.S. and abroad at the 9th Annual iWRITE Luncheon & Book Signing focused on Environmental Writing. The eco-themed event will raise awareness about children’s literacy and inspire kids to write their own stories, while also supporting fundraising efforts for creative literacy workshops in Title I elementary schools.
The celebration attended by family, friends, local literacy leaders and special guests, will begin with a grand entrance honoring all professionally published student authors in the 9th anthology, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids.
This year’s luncheon co-chairs, Kelly and Clive Hess and Suganya and Arun Mani, will present about the importance of literacy as a vehicle for advocacy and celebrate the student authors. Kid emcees Juliette Hess and Eshaan Mani will host the event in the spirit of stories by and for kids. They will recognize their peers, including those from far away locales like Bhutan and Taipei.
The Editor’s Choice recipients for story is 10th grader Mahika Natarajan and for poetry is 10th grader Katie Giveon. Both will read their environmentally-conscious fiction to guests. The program will also award the Young Textbook Scholarship to an incoming college freshman in the hopes of encouraging their passion for literacy as they continue higher education.
The luncheon will open with a book signing, during which all the authors and illustrators will autograph their newly published books. iWRITE will recognize an outstanding group of students who have shown leadership skills at an early age and want to share their devotion to literacy and education with kids around the world. Fundraising at the event will support initiatives such as the iWRITE Literacy Center, where students will be able to create fictional characters and practice various forms of self expression. The iWRITE facility will complement the traditional classroom environment and become a thriving location where the organization can host writing workshops, summer camps, youth club meetings, teacher trainings, writing clubs and afterschool programs.
Leading up to their 10th Anniversary, the Luncheon will also serve as a launch for their annual giving campaign that includes a goal to raise $75,000 to help the organization establish iWRITE Literacy Center a reality. [Organizer's description]