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The Siena Project: Here to be Heard
Siena teams up with Learning Ally to publish a book
Silver Spring, Maryland, April 7th, 2017- Students from The Siena School in Silver Spring, MD, are participating in Learning Ally’s Build-A-Book initiative. Over thirty students in grades 4-12 are contributing original short stories, poems, illustrations, and works of art for a collaborative anthology entitled The Siena School Project: Here to be Heard.
On March 28th, 2017, Gordon Brown and Orr Kelly visited Siena to speak with students participating in the Build-a-Book project. Both Learning Ally volunteers and published authors, Mr. Brown and Mr. Kelly discussed their experiences writing and recording their books and shared “writing secrets” with the students.
On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, the students will spend the day at Learning Ally’s Studio in Washington, D.C., and will populate the nine recording booths. Learning Ally volunteers will instruct the students on using EasyBooks and the students will be able to record their own pieces for digital publication. Students who contributed artwork will describe the visuals and meaning behind their work. The anthology—produced by and for students—will be assembled as a softcover paperback and an ebook. An audiobook version will soon be available on Learning Ally EasyBook shelves for students throughout the country.
This collaborative anthology is being produced as part of the 2017 Learning Ally Building Books for Student Success campaign. The Siena School is a Learning Ally member school.