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SMHS Student Academic Achievement Seminar (SAAS) students will ensure the joy of reading and writing is alive and well when they visit nearby Adam Elementary School on Friday, May 24.

Two-dozen Saints, who have transitioned to fluency, have written books and plan to read the published works to “Newcomer” students. The “Author’s Book Signing Event” starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

“I liked the idea of writing the book; something that is ours personally,’’ said student Joanna Santos-Cruz.

“It was fun working as a team to write a story, combining our ideas and making those ideas fit with someone else’s ideas made me feel very creative,’’ said Guadalupe Juarez-Mendoza.

Student Cesar Sauceda agreed, adding “It was fun creating the story and using descriptive words to describe what happened in the story.’’

Business/Avid/SAAS Teacher Karen Draper said the opportunity allows the Saints to serve as “role models”.

“My students are so proud of their books,” Draper added. “Each book has a moral to the story.’’

Here are a few of the many books that will be read: “Changes” (the unconditional acceptance of differences and the spirit of equity), “Eddie and Joey” (the importance of the value of friendship and building trust in relationships), “Space Heroes” (when enemies are at odds with each other, the energy is focused on defeating each other; but when the enemies join forces, more than be accomplished as a team), “Three Lost Eggs” (safety and the importance of always letting your parents know where you are going and when you will be home, and “Nothing But Friends” (bullying).

All books from the 11th and 12th-grade authors will be donated.

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