In 2007, teacher Luke Perry introduced his sixth-graders to the idea of writing a novel in one month. The idea became extremely popular, and last year in the school district there were roughly 250 participating students, who happily typed away during lunch to finish their books, which they proudly read for community leaders and over the school's public-address system at the end of the month. "I can't gush enough about it," Perry said, calling it the best experience of his 10 years in teaching. "I'll never teach the same way again."

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