Stephen King is helping school kids in Maine publish a book inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation will be paying the $6,500 to publish a 290-page manuscript written by students at Maine’s Farwell Elementary School.
The students in the school’s Author Studies Program had first launched a Kickstarter to raise the money, but were offered help after the foundation learned of the project.
The students were reading Fletcher McKenzie and the Passage to Whole by Gary Savage (2016) about a 14-year-old from western Maine and were inspired to rewrite it by including their own experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The school’s principal, Amanda Winslow, told the press that she is proud of the students and thanked the author Gary Savage for advising the writers, and the librarian Kathy Martin.
Tabitha and Stephen King set up the foundation to help communities in Maine
The Stephen and Tabitha King foundation which gave the school club their money, is a non-profit organisation based in Maine. They promote the strengthening and supporting of communities in the state, drawing upon the spirit of the founders, with a particular interest in those who have less access to resources than others.