• (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | NISD) Programs Manager for Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA), Carrie Mays, presents Newcastle Elementary student Leon Creel with a certification of publication for his short story ‘Raid on the Creek’ included inside the worlds largest book ‘I Am Texas.’
    (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | NISD) Programs Manager for Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers (PTA), Carrie Mays, presents Newcastle Elementary student Leon Creel with a certification of publication for his short story ‘Raid on the Creek’ included inside the worlds largest book ‘I Am Texas.’
  • (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | NISD) Leon Creel, 9, of Newcastle, signs a smaller replica version of the book “I Am Texas” during a signing event held at the Hilton Americas in Houston on Saturday, Nov. 5.
    (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | NISD) Leon Creel, 9, of Newcastle, signs a smaller replica version of the book “I Am Texas” during a signing event held at the Hilton Americas in Houston on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Becoming published: ‘I Am Texas’ book features short story from Newcastle Elementary student

Newcastle Elementary student Leon Creel’s short story “Raid on the Creek” was chosen as one of the short stories published in the “I Am Texas” book this fall by the iWRITE Literacy Organization and The Bryan Museum. Creel was the youngest in the grade 3-8 writing winners pool and one of 1,000 students to be featured in the book.

“I Am Texas” is part of a series from The New York Times’ author and illustrator team of Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos titled “Ordinary Change the World.” The project encouraged children to share their Texas stories through writing and art while using their voice to preserve Texas history for the next generation.

“We hope to inspire kids to become true leaders and the heroes in their own stories,” Meltzer said in a press release. “We are excited to release I Am Texas with 1,000 kids this fall.”

Creel, 9, is the son of Rachael and Sam Creel, of Newcastle. Newcastle Elementary teacher Sherri Blair had students participate in the contest and provided guidance, according to the release.

“Leon’s research included articles and books related to Young County’s Elm Creek Raid of 1864. Also, he interviewed local historian, Jim Hammond, from Ft. Belknap, who provided invaluable background details and historical information,” the release states.

The iWRITE Literacy Organization and The Bryan Museum honored 1,000 students from 3rd through 12th grade whose writing or artwork has been published in the 7-foot “I Am Texas” book. The book is the largest published in the world and earned a Guinness World Records designation.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 23 edition of The Graham Leader.

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