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Eleven students at Lloyde Continuation High School in Lawndale are officially published authors.

Sharifa Norris and the participants of Lloyde’s creative writing class elective have collaborated with the I AM Project for Literacy Program to produce “Spare Change Vol. II,” a collection of poems, short stories and narratives.

The authors penned nine pieces for the book, which was recognized Wednesday during their first book signing at Centinela Valley’s Center for Arts. They were joined by family, administrators and members of the local community, including Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles.

Pullen-Miles said he was proud of the students, noting that literacy and creative writing is important to the growth and development of the community.

Pullen-Miles said he was proud of the students, noting that literacy and creative writing is important to the growth and development of the community.

“You always have these creative thoughts in your mind but once you put it down on paper and make it something tangible, your views are becoming a reality,” Pullen-Miles said. “And to become a published author is really big accomplishment.”

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The Windsor Star is now accepting applications from federally registered charities with family literacy programs that wish to become a beneficiary of the Raise-a-Reader Literacy campaign.

The beneficiary application is available online and will be published in The Windsor Star on weekly from February 14 to March 28.  Interested applicants must complete the necessary form and submit 8 copies by Tuesday, March 31 in order to be considered. Click here for a printable version of the application RAR_Beneficiary Application_2014.

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Mobility for physically and mentally challenged people in Northern Uganda. Widespread humane education in Australia. Community gardens for all in Chico, California. Literacy for children in the Colombian Amazon. Promoting animal kindness in Malawi. Healing for child victims of sex trafficking in New York, NY. These are just a few of the projects that were awarded 2014 Impact Grants from the Pollination Project today.

A year-end tradition, the Pollination Project selects a handful of grantees who have shown significant progress with their work, and who have a plan for how to really maximize another financial investment. This year 140 very worthy grantees applied for Impact Grants, and we selected just 16 to receive second grants of $500-$5000.

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