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Enfield school project turns into life lessons

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The students had to write a biography about someone they just met, but in the end it wasn’t just a lesson for the class, but it became a life lesson for everyone. (WFSB) The students had to write a biography about someone they just met, but in the end it wasn’t just a lesson for the class, but it became a life lesson for everyone. (WFSB)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A school project has become so much more for fourth grade students in Enfield.

The students had to write a biography about someone they just met, but in the end it wasn’t just a lesson for the class, but it became a life lesson for everyone involved.

"The book is called, 'All About the Famous Evelyn Urban'. She may not be on TV but to me she is very famous,” said Cassidy Thompsen, who is a student at Saint Martha School in Enfield and wrote about Evelyn, who she recently met.

Evelyn Urban is 100 years old, and her story was shared with 31 fourth grade students via a homework assignment.

On Tuesday, the students celebrated the completion of the assignment with a pizza party at the St. Joseph’s Residence for the Elderly, and they each read a biography they wrote about someone they met and interviewed.

"It was very comfortable - like we always knew each other, like we were talking in the park,” Urban said.

"Well, it's the first thing I've ever wrote and I want to be a writer when I'm older, that's one of the jobs I would like to have, so I felt really proud of myself after I finished it,” Thompsen said.

The writing lesson was teacher Chelsea Brooks’ idea, who said her students loved everything about it.

"They have been thrilled, thrilled! They have been so engaged - we have been doing these for two-weeks and every time I say take out your biography books, they're like jumping to take them out,” Brooks said.

Everyone was touched by the schoolwork that will leave a lasting impression on the students and the residents.

Each resident got to keep their books and the students plan to stay in touch with their new friends.

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