Jan. 10, 2019 – Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced the unveiling of Inside Jokes & Outside Notes, the thirteenth published book written by student participants of the Palm Beach County edition of the Future Authors Project, a program for budding young writers that originated through a public-private collaboration between Canon Solutions America and the School District of Palm Beach County, FL and has since expanded to other areas of the country.
As part of the annual community enrichment program, 43 middle and high school students from throughout Palm Beach County spent eight days this past summer in a writing workshop taught by licensed language arts teachers from the District: Nicole Adamo and Katrina Sapp Holder, who teach at Don Estridge High Tech Middle School in Boca Raton; and Cartheda Mann, who recently retired from Glades Community Central High School in Belle Glade and is currently working on a major literary work. The writing workshop was held at both Don Estridge High Tech Middle School and Glades Central High School.
Published authors donated their time to share experiences and writing tips with the students and included author Stacie Ramey, known for her contemporary works, The Sister Pact and The Homecoming; and poet Dwight Stewart, who published two inspirational books of poetry titled, I Know How People Die and Words to Heal. Additionally, the Lawrence Sanders Foundation, the Richard & Lesley Stone Family Fund, and Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast provided funds to underwrite teacher salaries.
A book launch and signing event held at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton was attended by students, their families, faculty, and special guest, Council Member Andy Thomson.
More than 500 students in Palm Beach County have benefited from the program since it began in 2006. Future Authors was created to help students learn about the processes of writing, editing, and digitally publishing books.
“We are proud to be involved in the program that exemplifies the power of collaboration between the public sector and private companies and proves we can bring enriching experiences to our students no matter what challenges we face,” said Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer. “Thank you, Palm Beach County Schools and Canon Solutions America, for making this wonderful program possible.”
School District of Palm Beach County Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Diana Fedderman added, “The success of this program provides further evidence of the expanded educational opportunities that can be provided to students through partnerships between the District and the business community. The practice these students had with both writing and editing is a learning experience that will stick with them as they move into higher education and careers.”
“With so much new technology, many publishers are looking for a variety of ways to bring their content to the public. And, the printed book is still a very significant part of that mix,” said Eric Hawkinson, vice president of marketing for Canon Solutions America, Production Print Solutions. “We’re very proud to have been able to put our digital print expertise to work these past thirteen years to help young writers pursue their dreams of becoming published authors.”
To learn more about how Canon Solutions America is expanding its impactful Future Authors Project, visit here.