Academics Building Recognition Fifth Grade Center Students

Ladue Fifth Grade Center Students Have Family Stories Published

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Two students from the Ladue Fifth Grade Center are among the thirty-five fourth- through eighth- grade authors nationwide who have been honored by The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration with publication of their historical family stories in Grannie Annie, Vol. 9.  Participating students write a story from their family history, based upon information they gather by interviewing an older relative. Authors are also invited to submit illustrations with their stories. After stories have been selected for publication, additional illustrations are solicited from students in the St. Louis area.

Authors from the Ladue Fifth Grade Center whose stories have been published in Grannie Annie, Vol. 9, this May, are Leetal Cohn, “The Big Win!”; and Jason Xu, “Countering the Unfairness.” Leetal Cohn’s story is a lively first-person account of her great-grandmother’s successful appearance on a hit television game show. Jason Xu tells the story of his grandmother’s life in China, and of her resilience and desire to attend school against difficult odds.

“While some stories published by The Grannie Annie are joyful and lighthearted family memories,” said Executive Director Connie McIntyre, “others deal with challenges—of war, poverty, prejudice, or daily life. These are important stories for students to discover and write, and they are important stories for all of us, of every age, to read.”

These young Ladue authors will be honored as they read and sign their stories at The Grannie Annie Book Signing Celebration on Sunday, June 1, at the Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, at 2:00 p.m.  During the week leading up to the Book Signing Celebration, illustrations and excerpts from Grannie Annie, Vol. 9, will be showcased in the store window of Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, in the Central West End. Additionally, the art and excerpts will be exhibited at the Samuel C. Sachs Branch of the St. Louis County Library in Chesterfield from June 16 to August 15, and at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library from November 1–30.

The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in St. Louis, Missouri. Grannie Annie, Vol. 9, published in a paperback edition and a PDF edition, includes thirty-five stories written by fourth through eighth graders from across the United States and from India. The stories, which are also published on the Grannie Annie website, take place on five continents over a span of five centuries.

Complete details about The Grannie Annie can be found at Stories to be considered for publication in Grannie Annie, Vol. 10, must be submitted by February 1, 2015.

Financial assistance to The Grannie Annie for this year’s Family Story Celebration has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the Regional Arts Commission.