OGDEN — There was quiet chatter at Zucca Trattoria earlier this week as more than 20 T.H. Bell Junior High School English students were rewarded with a special evening alongside four published authors.
English teacher Monique Benard started the event this year. She got the idea from Cassie Cox, who teaches at Two Rivers High School and does the same kind of event with her high school students.
Benard got Zucca to sponsor her event. She was eating dinner there one night and spontaneously talked with the manager, who was glad to sponsor the event. Benard said many local businesses actually like to help support students, but they have to be approached.