All Northport K-8 students participated in the Young Author program recently. Students planned, wrote, revised, edited, illustrated and published their own book. Students displayed the books in the school Media Center with decorations and table adornments geared toward the wild west. Classes, parents and grandparents toured the tables and were able to see authentic growth of real writers and authors. Seven students were selected to represent the best of Northport K8 and will attend a celebration of good writing at Manatee Academy. Author Donna Gephart will be the guest speaker for the event. Gephart is the author of “How to Survive Middle School”, the district’s One Book, One Community Read. Pictured are Northport fourth grader Raena Davis and her teacher Jill Staggs.