The Young Writers Workshop at the Rose Hill Boys & Girls Club's book “The Story of Dr. Velma” won honorable mention in Scholastic Books' Kids Are Authors national competition.

The Young Writers Workshop at the Rose Hill Boys & Girls Club's book “The Story of Dr. Velma” won honorable mention in Scholastic Books’ Kids Are Authors national competition.

The members of the Rose Hill Young Writers Workshop will receive $500 in books from Scholastic and a special award for their book. The book was based on Dr. Velma Scantlebury, who is the associate director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care. She is the first African American, female transplant surgeon in the U.S. Scantlebury visited the students at Rose Hill as they worked on their book.

Out of more than 1,000 book projects submitted, the Rose Hill Young Writers Workshop team was the only winner from the state of Delaware.

New Castle County’s Department of Community Services established the New Castle County Young Writers Workshop to expose children to writing, editing, illustrating and the overall collaborative book development process.

Under the supervision of project coordinators, eight teams worked to write and illustrate their own books. They practiced editing, teamwork and communication skills.

The Boys & Girls Club at Rose Hill was one of the county’s eight Young Writers sites. The team’s project leader was Sophia Hanson. Susan Eggert and Sonja Homer also assisted with the team project.