Lillian Hughes reveres the written word, so much so that the fifth-grade Stevenson Elementary School student often spends the lunch hour hunkered down with pencil and paper.
“She loves to write, she would rather write than do almost anything,” said her teacher, Ann Marie Golding.
FOR THE RECORD: This article incorrectly spells Ann Marie Goulding's name.
Now, 10-year-old Lillian is working with a team of Cartoon Network artists to bring her latest book, “Mr. Pike,” to life in the form of a two-minute animated film, to be screened at the Burbank elementary school's open house in May.
The project was born out of a creative writing initiative launched at Stevenson Elementary this fall and sponsored by the Cartoon Network. It is the latest iteration in a long-running relationship between the school and the media company that includes a gardening club and other extracurricular programs.
All fourth- and fifth-grade students were tasked with writing an imaginative narrative story and developing accompanying illustrations. The books will be printed and placed in the school library.