Students at Kiptopeke Elementary School's "Ties with the Guys" program, in conjunction with the Norfolk Academy Literacy Fellows, released their book yesterday at a reading celebration and signing event.
The book is entitled Men of Their Word: The dreams and adventures of young men from Northampton County. Kiptopeke Elementary School Principal Subrina Parker writes in the book's introduction, "This partnership with Norfolk Academy Literacy Fellows has given our students opportunities to express their dreams and aspirations for improving their community and the world at large. This book invites you to explore who we are and what we stand for."
Norfolk Academy Headmaster Dennis Manning joined State Senator Lynwood Lewis Jr. to get books signed and to talk with the young authors from Kiptopeke Elementary. Men of Their Word, the sixth book from the Literacy Fellows, raised almost $1,000 for the Ties with the Guys program in its first afternoon of sales. The book, priced at $10, is for sale at bookstores on the Eastern Shore; all proceeds support the afterschool Ties with the Guys program.
The Literacy Fellows Program, part of the school’s Batten Leadership Program, is led by two faculty members, Dr. David Kidd, who is also chairman of the English Department, and Elizabeth Johnson, who is director of the Lower School Cooper Library.