PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some Cobbs Creek fourth-graders are now published authors, thanks to their winning entry on the subject of tolerance.
Here was the challenge from the National Youth Foundation, said executive Director Sophia Hanson.READ MORE: SEPTA Workers Voted To Authorize Strike If New Contract Isn't Reached
“We said, interpret the word ‘tolerance’ and what it means to you,” Hanson explained, “and write us a book with illustrations.”
The book by Bryant Elementary teacher Linda Graham’s students was called Fridge Files.
“As you go through with Tomato, he’s trying to decide if he’s a fruit or a vegetable,” Graham said. “Because he doesn’t really identify with one particularly, but also feels excluded a little bit from both.”READ MORE: West Philadelphia Shooting Leaves 2 In Critical Condition, Police Say
Celebrity judge Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks selected Fridge Files as the winner from among hundreds of entries, to the delight of 9-year-old Kamonie Freeman-Johnson.
“I think he liked it because it was about bullying,” said Kamonie.
Hicks says he liked Fridge Files’ four alternate endings.
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The eight winning authors each won bound copies of their book.