Student Authors Published In Short Story Anthology

October 1, 2014

Five CFISD students will be published in the READ3Zero anthology, I-Write: Short Stories By Kids, For Kids. The students will be recognized in a READ3Zero awards ceremony on Nov. 1 at the Hilton Americas.

Oct. 1, 2014— Five CFISD students will be among 59 students in the Houston area to be published in the Texas-based literacy foundation, READ3Zero, fifth annual short-story anthology entitledI-Write: Short Stories By Kids, For Kids.

The student winners will be recognized during a public book signing on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Americas (1600 Lamar Street).

The following CFISD student authors will be honored:

  • Eric Dargan II, Arnold Middle School;
  • Emily Green, Aragon Middle School;
  • Sarah YoungJacklyn Fleming and Douglas Taylor, Cypress Falls High School; and
  • Megan Taylor, Cypress Ranch High School.

The event is open to the public. The student awards ceremony will be followed by a meet and greet with published authors and illustrators at 10 a.m. and an 11 a.m. Literacy Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Neil Bush, chairman to the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation. Autographing will follow the luncheon at 12:30 pm.

Founded in 2009 by children’s author and public speaker, Melissa M. Williams, READ3Zero has embarked on a mission to help share aspects of the literacy and publishing world, influencing the lives of children to learn outside the classroom. One of the primary creative projects at READ3Zero is the annual short story contest, which emphasizes the concept that reading and writing go hand in hand. Children are also allowed to submit drawings for the front and back cover of the book.

“I’m excited about recognizing this outstanding group of students this fall. It’s amazing what can happen when the community rallies around our youth to encourage creativity and literacy,” Williams said in a READ3Zero press release.

For more information about READ3Zero, visit

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