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Bluewater Elementary teacher Stephanie Lafitte publishes childhood story as children’s book

Bluewater Elementary School teacher Stephanie Lafitte has achieved a lifelong dream by publishing a children’s book titled “My Prize Puppy,” which she wrote when she was in the fifth grade. […]

Bluewater Elementary School teacher Stephanie Lafitte recently achieved a significant milestone in her career by publishing a children's book titled "My Prize Puppy." (OCSD)

Bluewater Elementary School teacher Stephanie Lafitte has achieved a lifelong dream by publishing a children’s book titled “My Prize Puppy,” which she wrote when she was in the fifth grade.

  • The book tells a heartwarming story of imagination and perseverance, reflecting Lafitte’s own childhood creativity and determination.

The journey to publication began when Lafitte rediscovered the story while cleaning out her family home after her father’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease. Encouraged by her father to preserve the story, Lafitte decided to pursue publication, ultimately securing a deal with Dorrance Publishing Company.

“My Prize Puppy” follows a character who dreams of owning a dog but cannot afford one. Instead of giving up, the character creates an imaginary dog and participates in a dog show.

  • The book features illustrations of Lafitte’s first and second-grade students and her own dog, Ghost, reflecting her lifelong passion for teaching and storytelling.
Pictured: Ms. Lafitte with her second-grade class (OCSD)

Superintendent Marcus Chambers praised Lafitte’s accomplishment, stating, “As both a teacher and an author, she continues to inspire her students and readers alike to embrace their imaginations and never give up on their aspirations.”

Lafitte’s father passed away before seeing the book published, but his belief in her work continued to inspire her throughout the publication process. Through her journey from writing a childhood story to seeing it published as an adult, Lafitte embodies the importance of perseverance, creativity, and following one’s dreams.

“My Prize Puppy” is available for purchase through the Dorrance Publishing Company’s online bookstore.

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