How a classroom of seven year old's became published authors

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CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A group of seven year old's are the talk of the town in Calhoun County after taking on a unique challenge. A class of second grade students at Blountstown Elementary are now published writers.

Reading is one of the most important skills we learn in school, but a special group of students are taking a page out of their own book. Ms. McDougald's class at Blountstown Elementary of 7 and 8-year-olds can now call themselves full-fledged authors.

The published work is written and illustrated by the entire class. "It's just such a good opportunity for them to put all these isolated skills that we study into real life," said Ms. McDougald.

The title of their book is "What Will I Be?" Each student wrote what they want to be when they grow up.

"If they chose to be an author that would be great, but every career that was on there was a career that would benefit our community and so I'm really proud of that," said Ms. McDougald, "I think our future is very bright."

McDougald helped the students put the book together through a kid-friendly publishing company called StudenTreasures.

"They specifically work with schools and classrooms and even help individual students to produce books," explained McDougald. "As soon as I saw it I knew that was where we needed to go. That we really needed to do this."

While the class may be wrapping up before Christmas break they left their teacher a present that money can't buy.

"I'm incredibly proud of these kids and what they want to be when they grow up," said McDougald. "The hard work that they put into this shows that they're willing to go to those jobs and to learn what to do to make our community better one day."

The book can be purchased by visiting the StudenTreasures website and entering the pin "3671915."