The Flagler County Education Foundation held its annual Josh Crew Writing Project Gala on Nov. 18 at Princess Place Preserve. It was a night in Neverland as the theme was Peter Pan and guests played the parts of various characters from the story. The event raised over $31,000, according to a news release from the Education foundation.
The Josh Crews Writing Project is in its 12th year and was started by former Education Foundation Executive Director Joe Rizzo and Flagler Beach business owner Carla Cline. The project is named in memory of Josh Crews, a Flagler County resident and business owner who was killed in a car accident.
The money raised from the gala supports creative writing clubs in each of the nine schools in the Flagler County School District and funds the publication of a book of essays by student authors.
Each year, the creative writing clubs' students can submit their essays for publishing. The club sponsors select the finest pieces from each school, and the book is published with the students' scripts, according to the release. The writing clubs will hold a book launch this year on April 11 in the cafeteria between Buddy Taylor Middle School and Wadsworth Elementary School. the published students will be present and will hold a book signing.