Northport K-8 student Finnegan Carey reaped the rewards of using the writing process effectively, adhering to the school rubric, correctly using dynamic illustrations and producing a relevant and substantial piece of writing. Finn and his parents, Jennifer and Nick Carey, pictured above, celebrated at the school district’s Young Author Showcase recently along with fellow Northport students Saige Searcy, Jazz Courtenay, Samantha Huynh, Paul Brinker, Joseph Ybarra, Giovanni Wright and Raena Davis. Over 175 student authors from across the district and their families were treated to a visit with author Donna Gephart, who wrote the book “How To Survive Middle School”, the district’s One Book, One Community Read. Students were treated to a special lunch and were able to purchase books as well as receive free books for being selected as district representatives. The Young Authors celebration is a terrific example of families and students coming together from many different schools and celebrating great books and great writing habits and techniques. The Young Authors program is a shining example of the culmination of a year of effective teaching and learning. The handwritten books are an investment in the future of each student.