It is a rare opportunity when an author inspires young students, but the fifth grade students at Maroa-Forsyth Grade School had an opportunity up close to meet with an author in person.

Soft SkillsStudents in Shauna Bohlmann’s class had read the book “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary.  They wanted to have the same experience of having an author meet with them.

“We decided we should do that,” said student Lynsey Woodard.

Bohlmann did some investigating, and found Elena Rahrig, founder of Otter Publishing New York. Rahrig agreed to come and have lunch with seven of the students.,  She also spent part of the day in each of the four fifth grade classes talking about how to come up with stories, and how to write and publish a book.

Rarig has published nine books, centering on self esteem and personal development

She got her start when her dad paid her to read books. She soon found that she could also get paid to do.

“That’s where it all started,” Rahrig said. “After so long, it has become a way of life.”

Rahrig plans to continue working with the classes to publish a book of their stories. The book can be sold and the money can be used for projects as the class sees fit.

“This can be a lifelong memory for them,” said Bohlmann. “This has all been amazing.”

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