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Future Authors Selected for Fourth Annual Summer Writing Workshop

June 2009
BOCA RATON, FL—June 1, 2009—The School District of Palm Beach County and Océ North America announced today the selection of nearly 60 middle and high school students to participate in the 2009 Océ Future Authors Project. About 15 of the students will be participating from Glades Central High School through distance learning technology. Seven graduates of the program will be returning as mentors.

A partnership between the School District of Palm Beach County and Océ North America, the 2009 Océ Future Authors Project is made possible due to generous grants from the Lawrence Sanders Foundation, BankAtlantic Foundation and Xplor International, a non-profit educational and networking organization serving users and suppliers of document technologies.

Being offered for the fourth year, the Océ Future Authors Project includes a free eight-day summer writing workshop designed to help students become published authors. Students improve their writing and critical thinking skills, develop an understanding of how authors are published, and learn about today’s digital print and publishing opportunities.

Students gain insight into the process of writing, editing, and digitally publishing books through interactions with Océ executives, as well as published authors, who speak to the students. The day-long sessions are taught by certified Palm Beach County teachers. Writings from each student are then compiled, professionally published and digitally printed in final book form by Boca Raton-based Océ North America Production Printing Systems Division. The book is unveiled at a book signing hosted by the City of Boca Raton at the Spanish River Public Library.

"An accomplished author himself, Lawrence Sanders delighted in seeing young people develop a love of writing," said J. Daniel Brede, a trustee for the Foundation. "This is just the kind of program he would have wanted us to support."

"The Future Authors program is much more than just about writing, it is about unleashing the minds and aspirations of tomorrows thought leaders," added Skip Henk, EDP, president/CEO, Xplor International, whose association promotes the technological advances that have enabled the print industry to transition to digital book publishing. "We are proud to be able to play a small role in the growth of these young minds."

Sheryl Pattek, vice president of marketing for Océ North America’s Production Printing Systems Division in Boca Raton, said the additional sponsor support reflects the success of the program. "We salute these organizations who share our commitment to creating a fun and inspiring educational program for our youth."
 

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