March 25, 2014 at 4:00 AM
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Six fourth-grade students from Franklin had a chance last week to show off artwork they are hoping will land in a new book by children’s author and South Plainfield High School graduate Mark Ensel.
The children had a chance at last week’s Board of Education meeting to show the audience their illustrations and describe the process that went into creating the works.
Under the direction of art teacher Mary Ellen Kopf, students from the school are competing to see if their work makes it to the pages of a new children’s book Ensel is writing.
According to Principal Ralph Errico, Ensel got the idea for the contest when the PTO invited him to the school last year to read with the children.
While fourth grade students got to show their work at last week’s school-board meeting, the entire school is actually participating in the contest. The fourth graders will get four pages in the upcoming book, and the other grades will each get two.
“The kids have been working for months on the artwork,” Errico said when explaining how the students got involved in the project. “It’s an honor for Mr. Ensel to select Franklin School.”
The students who presented their artwork at last week’s school-board meeting are Gillian Delacruz, Xenia Lambert, Charissa Albano, Jada Worthen, Kylie Mott, and Kedan Gamble.