Lourdes High School students and faculty have published a collection of creative writing stories and poems, a publishing first for the Rochester Catholic school.

“Aerie” is a literary anthology that includes everything from humorous essays and religious reflections to poems and drama. The paperback sells for $3.99 and is available through www.amazon.com.

Twenty Lourdes students served as authors, editors or artists for the project, in collaboration with five faculty members.

“I wanted to encourage creative writing within the high school,” said English teacher John Schreiber. “I felt, since I had published my last few books through Amazon, that I could make this work for a student anthology at no cost to the school.”

Aerie means an eagle’s nest. The title was developed by teacher Mary Kettl, who help shape the final project. Lourdes freshman Evan Lesser designed the cover, while other students created eagle-related images printed throughout the book.

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