Media Advisory & Photo Opportunity - Kids are published authors, thanks to Scholastic!

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Counting on Zero, a picture book written and
illustrated by 18 elementary students from the Toronto District School Board's
Highfield Junior School, is the grand prize winner of Scholastic Book Fairs'
Kids Are Authors(TM) competition. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario, will participate in the awards ceremony to celebrate the
students' achievement and the publication of the book. For the 10th
anniversary of the contest, the school will also be presented with a
$10,000 Scholastic gift certificate.
    The Kids Are Authors(TM) Program is part of Scholastic Book Fair's
Publishing Partnership for Kids, an annual picture book competition open to
all students at elementary and middle schools in Canada. Kids Are Authors(TM)
was established in 1997 to encourage children to become involved in the
process of writing and illustrating an original story. The program not only
promotes literacy, creativity and cooperative learning skills, but gives
students the opportunity to share their imagination and create a book!
Scholastic Book Fairs Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scholastic
Canada, one of the most respected and trusted names in education, dedicated to
bringing children and books together.

    What:     Awards ceremony honouring students from Highfield Junior School
              on the publication of their book Counting on Zero. Students
              will receive medallions and the school will be presented with a
              $10,000 Scholastic gift certificate.

    Who:      The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
              presents students from Highfield Junior School with medallions
              from Scholastic Book Fairs.

    When:     Wednesday, September 26, at 1 p.m.

    Where:    Highfield Junior School
              85 Mount Olive Drive
              Etobicoke, ON

    To learn more about the Kids Are Authors program visit

For further information:

For further information: Ms. Maral Maclagan, Scholastic Canada Ltd.,
(416) 915-3509,; Ms. Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of
the Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7780,

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