As part of an enrichment grant from the Wilton Education Foundation, sixth grade writing workshop teacher Suzana Prata, reading workshop teacher Tom Koch and social studies teacher Will Mathews piloted an in-house publishing program for six Middlebrook students this year. Through the program, two students from each sixth-grade team wrote and published their own books \u2014 \u201ccomplete with an ISBN,\u201d said Prata \u2014\u00a0with the final objective of \u201cstudents experiencing the process of writing and publishing their own book.\u201d \u201cWe wanted to design an experience that was about the creative process and also brought student work to an audience outside of the school walls,\u201d said Prata. The six students were selected to participate in the pilot based on their \u201cacademic performance and their level of interest,\u201d said Prata. They began writing their books in November. Prata, Mathews and Koch routinely met with the students \u2014 both individually and as a group \u2014 \u201cto discuss the work, make connections, get inspiration, set deadlines, and offer support,\u201d said Prata. \u201cThe genre of writing was completely student-driven and the final product was published through 48 Hour Books, an online self-publishing company,\u201d she said. \u201cFifty copies of each title have been printed.\u201d Superintendent Kevin Smith was \u201cfully in support of this new initiative,\u201d said Prata, and the Wilton Education Foundation\u2019s grant allowed for the purchase of Chromebook computers for the students to use for the pilot and also covered the costs associated with printing the books through 48 Hour Books. The six published student-authors and the titles of their books are: William Bonnist \u2014 Lacrosse and Me. Alexandra Breakey \u2014 One Last Run. Matthew Fieldman \u2014 Slumber. Noel Schlageter \u2014 Permanent Vacation. Samantha Victor \u2014\u00a0Food Fight. Catherine Young \u2014 Fake. A book reading, signing, and talk will take place in Wilton Library\u2019s Brubeck Room on Monday, June 13, from 4:30 to 6:30, to celebrate the students\u2019 work. Copies of their books will be available for purchase on a suggested donation basis, with all proceeds going to benefit the Wilton Education Foundation and Wilton Library.