A group of seven fourth-graders are now among the elite at McKinley Elementary School for writing a book selected among thousands nationwide to be published by Scholastic Book Fairs.
As third-graders, the seven students co-wrote and illustrated, “Two Dollars, One Wallet.” The authors include Marion Hunter, Noel Pennington, Julia Guglielmo, Russel Uvas, John Alajijian, Sara Cohen and Henry Keeney.
The book tells the story of a dollar bill named George — “an ordinary dollar bill who lived in the wallet of a school janitor named Mr. Juan Carlos.”
When George meets a dollar coin named Sacagawea, they swap their adventures and journey to the wallet.
Scholastic officials gave medals to the authors Thursday and $5,000 to McKinley for Scholastic credit.
McKinley parent Shari Wendt saw the flier advertising the contest last year and approached third-grade teacher Angie D’Mello.
D’Mello allowed the seven students to work under Wendt’s guidance each week from November to March.