A Bunker Hill Elementary student was among 59 young authors nationwide who were recognized at nonprofit group READ3Zero’s fifth annual literacy luncheon held Nov. 1 at the Hilton Americas downtown.
Among those honored at the November luncheon was a Bunker Hill Elementary student, Jade Lawson-Ho. Event keynote speaker was Neil Bush, who chairs the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.
Jade and other recognized young authors were winners of the “I Write” contest sponsored by the nonprofit group. The group also publishes a book of students’ short stories, titled “I Write Short Stories by Kids, for Kids.”
The annual short story contest is one of READ3Zero’s main creative projects. It was designed to emphasize the concept that reading and writing go hand in hand. Students are encouraged to submit drawings for front and back book covers.
“I’m excited about recognizing this outstanding group of students. It’s amazing what can happen when the community rallies around local youth to encourage creativity and literacy,” said Melissa Williams, a children’s author who founded READ3Zero five years ago.
Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan emceed the literacy-based lunch event.