Joyce Barrett of Caraway is looking forward to seeing her story in print as she participated in a literacy project through Riverside Junior High School headed by business teacher Michelle Freeman.
Barrett, a staff member at the junior high school, was excited to be able to participate in the project and wrote her story entitled "Through The Eyes of a Child."
Barrett has enjoyed working at Riverside Junior High School for 18 years.
"I have enjoyed working at Riverside," she said. "We are like family here."
Barrett is the oldest of 11 children of Imagene and Eugene Hardin. When she was seven years old they moved in the house with her grandparents Sidney and Lena Nelson in the Rivervale/Lepanto area.
"I just wrote my story through the eyes of a child as I remembered the special times of growing up and the Christmases together in a big house with a big family," she said. "I am glad that Mrs. Freeman gave me the opportunity to write and have my story published. I want it to be a legacy to my children and grandchildren. My Grandmother took time for each one of us. My Grandfather was a sharecropper and they were good providers."
It took her a few weeks to put the book together and she is looking forward to seeing it in print. She added old pictures of the family. The books should be in by the middle of December.
She is married to Dale Barrett and they live in Caraway. They have two daughter, Madonna Minton of Milligan Ridge and Jamey Webb of Caraway. Madonna is married to Brian Minton and Jamey is married to Brian Webb. She has four grandchildren, Ty 15, Paige, 12, Bradcen 8, and Josey, 18 months.
Mrs. Freeman said the stories submitted are very good and she appreciates everyone who took the time to participate in the project.