Selkirk Elementary Class Publishes a Cookbook

A class of Grade 3 French Immersion students at Lord Selkirk Elementary School can now add being published authors to their list of achievements.

The class of 21 students wrote and illustrated their very own cookbook that was published with the help of the Writer's Exchange, a Vancouver-based charity that promotes literacy among inner city youth.

The students held a party on March 15 to celebrate the publication of the book entitled "Bon Appetit", and brought many of the foods that could be found in the cookbook itself.

Teacher Kyle Parent said that he came up with this idea because he wanted to do a project with his students that would be educational and fun at the same time.

"We were trying to find something creative to do with the kids," he said.  "We had a project about tasting and foods, and there were expressions that I wanted to teach the kids in French."

He approached the Writer's Exchange for help, and from there, he cooked up the idea of producing a cookbook with all of his students' favourite recipes.

Third grade Selkirk students celebrate their new cookbook

Student Bronwyn Cederburgh provided a recipe for bean cookies for the cookbook. She said she had a lot of fun being a part of the project.

"My favourite part was writing down all the recipes and drawing the pictures," she said.  "I also liked seeing all the recipes that all the different people brought in."

Sarah Maitland, co-project director of the Writer's Exchange worked closely with Parent to see the project come to fruition.  She said that this project means a lot more to the students than just learning about food.

"It's about them taking pride in their accomplishments," she said.  "They were excited to be able to hold a final product of all their hard work."

The Writer's Exchange funds in-school projects with the help of the Vancouver Foundation, and printing for the cookbook was provided for free by Hemlock Printing.

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