Smyrna Elementary School 5th grader Yoselin Hernandez became a published illustrator this month.
Yoselin won a contest to have her artwork featured on the cover of Bobby’s House, a book by Georgia Luedi-Fuller, daughter of the founders of Habitat for Humanity and The Fuller Center for Housing.
“Everyone deserves a simple, decent place to live,” was the motto of Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity and The Fuller Center for Housing. This is also the inspiration and deeper message of this book, which is based on a true story.
Bobby’s House is written in rhyme and is about a bully who’s misunderstood by his classmates. As the story unfolds, readers learn that the bully lives in miserable conditions. When his family receives a home through an organization like Habitat or The Fuller Center, his attitude changes.
On April 26th, Smyrna Elementary was honored to welcome Mrs. Luedi-Fuller, who spoke to an assembly of 4th and 5th graders and presented a signed copy of her book and a certificate to Yoselin. She also shared excerpts and character education inspirations from the book. Mrs. Luedi-Fuller encouraged students to finish what they start, to have a more thoughtful and compassionate attitude towards bullies, to find what they are gifted in and use it to help others, to never feel too young or too little to help others, to have empathy for those less fortunate, and to reach out and help whenever and however they can.
Last week the book was published and made available on Amazon. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to The Fuller Center for Housing, a non-profit organization that partners with families around the world to help them have a simple, decent place to live.
Laura LaQuaglia, Supervisor
Contributing Author: Sherryl Lane, Smyrna Elementary School Art Teacher