black polo shirts Grade 1 writer sells book for Haiti relief
Young student Erika Farris has published a book called Faces, which is selling fast at $6 a copy. But she’s not saving the money for toys Farris is donating all proceeds to the south side school’s Haiti relief fund.
“We did an initial printing of 20 books and they sold out quite quickly,” says her teacher, Trent Bryski. “We’re on our second printing and we’ve got orders coming in from people in the school and other community agencies.”
The book depicts faces of people experiencing a range of emotions, from happy, to confused, to mad, and each page includes a felt pen drawing by Farris.
“I don’t know where I got the idea from. I just wanted to really just write a book about faces,” Farris says.
Bryski gets students to write about their own experiences, big and small. Sometimes they’ll write about their day at school,
a camping trip with their parents, or their favourite TV character.
Immediately sold on Farris’ idea, he published a single copy of the book before realizing there was a demand for more.
“It just sort of took off on its own,” he says.
“The initial idea for it came from Erika and she set the price, she decided what she wanted to do with the money, and we just supported that because it’s a good learning experience.”
Farris hasn’t thought about a career in writing just yet. At the moment, she just wants to lend some help to Haiti.
“I want some of the kids to get some money so they can buy some things,” she says. “Maybe a blanket and . some food and some drinks, and some clothes.”
One student in her class has pledged to spend his entire week’s allowance to buy a copy of the book, and another is working on his own book to raise money for Haiti.