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I am so excited to share with you details about our Libri Juliani Project. During the last month North Central High School students were invited to read the myth of Phaethon in English translation and then write their own version of it suitable for reading to elementary-aged children. Announcements were made, flyers were posted, and we established www.lulu.com/librijuliani as our presence on the web. A number of students submitted both written stories and art for illustrations, and a panel of three teachers judged the entries. Two different versions were then chosen along with one set of illustrations. A meeting was held with the winning authors to talk about editing, and final drafts were then submitted. I did the final editing and published the work through Lulu Press.

Why did we do this? In December our Latin students will read this story book to children at the Julian Center (http://www.juliancenter.org/), which provides shelter and care for women and children who are victims of domestic violence in Indianapolis. In addition to reading our stories to the children, we will provide each of them with a copy of the book.

If anyone would like to purchase one or more books for the children at the Julian Center. The cost is only $15.00. While you are thinking of it, consider buying some for the special children in your life. Not only will you enrich their reading experience, you will further help the children of the Julian Center, since 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to a fund at North Central to purchase more books for these at-risk children.

The motto of the Libri Juliani Project is antiquitatem legere est videre futurum…to read the past is to see the future. We hope our project will make the future a bit brighter for these children.

Steve Perkins
North Central High School
Indianapolis, IN

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