St Joseph’s School students ‘Write Book in a Day’ | Port Lincoln Times

AUTHORS: Teacher Jamie Hayter teams up with St Jospeh’s School students Hannah Claughton (seated), Ethan Sporer, Porscha Shepperd, Natalie Gibson (seated) and Anna Morgan as they try to ‘write a book in one day’. Photo: Maree Easton

Students at St Joseph’s School in Port Lincoln have written books in a national competition to raise money for childhood cancer research.

On June 25, 13 middle and senior students wrote two books as part of the national “Write a Book in a Day” run by the independent national charity The Kid’s Cancer Project.

Participants will receive a short and 12-hour write, illustrate and submit a storybook of up to 5,000 words that will be donated as an e-book to children undergoing cancer treatment in hospitals across the country.

St. Joseph’s School teacher Jamie Hayter said the students not only helped a good cause but also developed important skills by participating.

“Our students will not only develop leadership skills, engage in teamwork and creative problem solving, they will build on their capabilities as effective users of IT for literate and collaborative communication,” he said.

Last year, about 440 Australian schools entered the competition, raising $475,000 for childhood cancer research.

The founder of the Kids Cancer Project, Col Reynolds OAM, said research was the only way to improve treatments and survival for children with cancer.

“Government funding only stretches so far, so it’s important for the community to step up to support children with this indiscriminate disease,” he said.

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