Toronto students are the grand prize winners in Scholastic's Kids Are Authors(TM) competition

    Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Awards ceremony to honour budding
    authors and illustrators

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Students at Highfield Junior School in
Etobicoke are the grand prize winners of Scholastic Book Fairs' Kids Are
Authors(TM) competition. Counting on Zero, written and illustrated by 18
students at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) school, was selected from
over 200 entries to be published by Scholastic. To celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the contest, Highfield School also received a
$10,000 Scholastic gift certificate. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario, bestowed medallions to the students and congratulated
them on their achievement.
    The Kids Are Authors(TM) Program is part of Scholastic Book Fairs'
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!
    Over 200 entries were received and evaluated by the judges including
authors Helaine Becker and Norah McClintock, illustrator Michael Martchenko,
and teacher-librarian Diana Bulfon. The judges were impressed by this fresh
and funny story that "zeroes in on the fact that every individual is
    Students met once a week for over a term with teacher-librarian Arlene
MacBride and visual art teacher Andrea K. Ward to work on their ideas.
"Everything was done by vote, otherwise we would have had 18 different
stories!" explained MacBride. Ward was impressed at how well the kids worked
together. "They didn't care about winning, they did their best and were
excited to have learned so much." Principal Rita Russo is very proud of the
students. "This is such a big accomplishment for these kids," she says. "Most
of these students come from homes where their first language is not English.
To write such a clever and meaningful story shows tremendous dedication."
    Counting on Zero is available exclusively through Scholastic Book Fairs.
The deadline for the next Kids Are Authors(TM) competition is March 31st. For
more information, visit

    About Scholastic

    In 1957, Scholastic Canada was established as the first international
subsidiary of Scholastic Incorporated. Today, the company is the largest
publisher and distributor of children's books in Canada. Scholastic Canada
publishes an extensive list of titles, including popular and award-winning
picture books, non-fiction, and novels from many of Canada's top authors and
illustrators, including Jean Little, Gordon Korman, Robert Munsch, Barbara
Reid, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Phoebe Gilman. Celebrating its 50th
anniversary this year, Scholastic Canada reaches children, parents and
teachers through Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs, Scholastic Education,
Classroom Magazines, Trade, and Editions Scholastic.

    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. Since 1983, Scholastic Book
Fairs has been working in partnership with educators and parents to help
Canadian children achieve success through learning.

    Since its founding, Scholastic Canada has supported schools and teachers
by helping children discover the magic of reading and books. With every
Scholastic Book Fair order and every Scholastic Book Club, a percentage of
sales is donated back to the school for books and other school resources. Each
year, these programs put back millions of dollars of resources into Canadian
classrooms. For more information, 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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