Students at G.W. Carver Elementary School learned how they can help protect the environment and honored those that protect their community with a book about saving the planet.
Sandy Summerlin’s second grade class published a book titled “What Can I Do? How one person can help save our Earth” and dedicated it to the Kannapolis Police Department.
“Our social studies concepts in third quarter are natural resources and protecting the environment. So the kids made posters talking about what one person can do to help save the environment,” Summerlin said. “I thought it would be a cute little book.”
Published through Studentreasures Publishing, the book included a text page and an illustration page by each of the 18 students. Summerlin said she has published books with classes before, and it inspires a love of writing in students after they realize they can be authors.
“Some of them think they can’t write and don’t like to,” she said. “It’s a good way to make them see that you too can be an author, to make books special, for them to own their own book they helped write.”
Knowing some of her students couldn’t afford the $20 cost of the book, Summerlin said she spread the word among friends who eagerly gave donations. She collected enough for each student to get a book and to purchase one for the school’s library.
“Some of them kind of hinted they wouldn’t be able to get a copy, so I told them there will be one in the library that they could check out just like any other book,” Summerlin said. “But I had enough response that every child got a copy of the book. They were so excited when they found out they were going to get their own.”
While discussing the book and protecting the environment, Summerlin said the class came up with the idea to dedicate the book to the police department because they protect the residents of Kannapolis.
The donations that came in also covered the cost of a book to be placed in the lobby at the department.
Officers were recently invited to the school for a presentation of the book.
“I asked the school resource officer if he and Chief Woody Chavis could come and receive a copy of the book. They turned it into a part and brought five of them (officers) and stuffed bears for every kid and cupcakes,” Summerlin said. “It was also third quarter Award’s Day so family members were there. The kids shared the book with family members and police officers. And for the kids that didn’t have family there, the officers were sweet letting them read to them.”
Summerlin believes the project was meaningful for her students and for the officers. She thinks everyone had a good time at the dedication party.