In the spring of 2015, seventh and eighth-grade teacher Jenn De Leon partnered with 826 Boston on their Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP). Her involvement with 826 during this project is explored in this story. As an author herself, Jenn used her own knowledge of the writing process to enhance her students’ learning and development, which resulted in a transformation of students through storytelling.

Jenn says,

“I definitely would say if [826 Boston] were not involved in this. . .there’s no way I could have done it. Maybe we would’ve had a print publication, or had to go to Staples or something, but even that. The life of a teacher, it’s like, all of that sounds good in August, and by February you’re like, a flyer will do! But to have a professional book? No way!”

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