Half way around the world, in Rwanda, thousands of elementary students will have their own English book.

   And in that book are several illustrations drawn by students from Ripon’s Catalyst Charter Middle School.

   Catalyst teacher Sandy Wisneski’s current seventh-grade students participated last winter in the global project, “Books and Beyond,” which creates English children’s books and learning materials for students in Rwanda.

   Wisneski explained the Rwandan government had recently mandated all classroom instruction must be taught in English.

   “Part of the problem was that the students had this regulation that they had to learn English, and there were no materials for them to learn English ... so this is where this [project] came from because the students were lacking the books,” she said.

   Read the full story, which includes the challenges Ripon students faced drawing the pictures, in the Oct. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.