Oak Bluffs student honored at the statehouse

Representative Tim Madden congratulates Oak Bluffs student Marcelle Alves at the State House. — Photo by Sharon Shallo

Marcelle Alves, an eighth-grade student at Oak Bluffs School, was honored for her written work at the statehouse on May 18 as part of a national reading and writing program for young people.

Marcelle submitted a letter to Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or dead) about how his or her book affected their lives.

She wrote a letter to Jodee Bianco, the author of “Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman’s Inspirational True Story.” The memoir recounts the author’s attempts to navigate from home room to gym class without being teased or tormented, providing a first-hand account of bullying in the classroom.

Marcelle and fellow honorees were celebrated at a ceremony for the top one percent of letter writers from across the Commonwealth.

Approximately 70,000 young readers from across the country participated in this year’s Letters About Literature program. For more information contact the Massachusetts Center for the Book, on the web at www.massbook.org.