Bak Middle School eighth-grade student Michael Wang read from his poem “Tears” at the seventh annual Océ Future Authors Project book signing, held recently at Spanish River Library in Boca Raton.
Wang opened the ceremony to unveil the book Pens and Paper: Our Weapons of Mass Construction. The book is a compilation of the works by the more than 40 Palm Beach County middle and high school students who participated in the Océ Future Authors Project, a public-private partnership between Océ, a Canon Group Company and an international leader in digital document management, and the School District of Palm Beach County.
In its seventh year, the Océ Future Authors Project accepted applications this year from nearly 100 students who wanted to spend part of their summer vacations learning how to become published authors.
The program begins with an intense eight-day writing workshop. Students gain insight into the process of writing, editing and digitally publishing books through interactions with Océ executives, published authors and licensed language arts teachers. Writings from each student are then compiled, professionally published and digitally printed in final book form by the Boca Raton-based Océ North America Production Printing Systems division.
For more information, visit www.oceusa.com/futureauthors.
Above: (Front row, L-R) Polo Park Middle School seventh-graders Alexis Pinchuk and Julia Horneck, and Megan Cortes of Don Estridge Middle School; (back row) Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Keith Oswald, Gale Butler of AutoNation and Francis McMahon of Production Printing Systems.