PEN literary service award recipient Stephen King attends the 2018 PEN Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Stephen King donates to elementary students so they can publish their own books

Author Stephen King is donating thousands of dollars to an elementary school in his home state of Maine so that a group of students can publish their own books.

He will be donating $6,500 to Farwell Elementary School, located in Lewiston, Maine, so the students in its Author Studies Program can publish the two books they’ve written. The students have been working as a group on the books over the course of four years with the help of another Maine author. They have created two books, an original and a sequel, and a 290-page manuscript.

The books are ready to be published and now thanks to King’s donation, they’ll be sent to a publishing company and available for purchase.

“It was, like, mind-blowing,” said seventh-grader Ella Leo to CNN affiliate WMTW.

Farwell Principal Amanda Winslow said, “I think it’s hard for kids to really understand the lesson of perseverance and patience, but they’ve been working on this book and they’re definitely starting to reap the rewards of their hard work.”

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