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Lincoln Elementary 2nd graders pen book, give money to charity

Maggie Senese (back row far left) posts with Lincoln Elementary School second graders in Kimberly Schuelke’s class with the book they wrote “Alphie Learns to Listen.” The class is donating some proceeds toward research for Prader-Willi syndrome. Senese’s son Victor is in the class and his sister has the syndrome.  Lincoln Elementary School students in Kim Schuelke’s second grade class are donating some of the proceeds from a book they wrote to help find a cure for Prader-Willi syndrome.

The students and Schuelke collaborated to write “Alphie Learns to Listen,” about a llama who must learn to listen before she can make a change in her little world.

The class wanted to write a book after learning about narrative, informational and opinion writing in class, Schuelke said.

Schuelke showed her students “The Little Tree” which she and her daughter self-published to illustrate that anyone can be an author or illustrator if they set their mind to it.

The second graders created the story, main characters, and plot, Schuelke said.

“I wrote the story and shared it with the class,” she said. “Each child illustrated a page in the book.”

 The book costs $12 and is for sale online at

 The students also decided to donate some of the book sale proceeds to help find a cure for Prader-Willi syndrome.

One of Schuelke’s students Victor Senese Jr., has a little sister with the genetic condition, which affects many parts of the body.

Senese’s mother, Maggie, was in the classroom when the students unveiled the book and donations.

“I am so proud of Victor, Ms. Schuelke and her class for doing their part to help raise funds for research so my daughter may not have to face all the challenges that come with Prader-Willi syndrome,” said Maggie Senese.

More than $100 has been raised for Prader-Willi syndrome research since the book’s release in mid-April, Schuelke said.

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