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RLC students team up with grade-schoolers on book project

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WSIL -- College students at Rend Lake College did something most of us never get to do. Students from the college's freshman orientation class made books for grade-schoolers.

RLC teacher Hillary Halsey showed up to Sesser-Valier Elementary School with a unique gift in hand. Each child received a handmade book by students from her freshman orientation class.

Every year, Halsey challenges her students to complete a service learning project. This year, they chose to create booklets based on the beloved children's character, Flat Stanley.

"It seems like our students always want to help kiddos, so we thought this was perfect," said Halsey.

600 area second-graders colored their own Flat Stanleys, then the college students took pictures of Stanley around campus and wrote a story about it.

"I've been so impressed with the stories that they have written in their Stanley booklets," said Halsey.

Halsey wasn't the only one impressed.

"I'm probably going to put it on my reading shelf, maybe," said Will Watson.

Once the pictures were taken and the stories written, it became an adventure book. Stanley visited classrooms, restaurants and all sorts of unique places.

"Stanley might be doing something weird, but it can be silly sometimes," said Watson.

The kids were greeted with an extra bonus by having college student Jake Vernon speak to them about campus life.

"These kids love to see older kids and do great things and if we set a good example for them maybe they can enlighten somebody else too," said Vernon.

Halsey says her students are great role models to encourage the importance of reading.

Now the kids will have a book of their own that they can read as often as they want.

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