ST LOUIS - I had the opportunity to tutor Adhitya during the course of her second grade year at Woodward Elementary. Her family, originally from Bhutan, lived in a Nepalese refugee camp for 18 years, along with many others who were forced to leave Bhutan in the early 1990s. I met her one year after she and her family resettled in St. Louis. Adjusting to American school life was a difficult challenge, as she not only had the fears of fitting in and making new friends, but also the difficult task of learning about a completely new culture and language. The urban SLPS classroom was very different from the bamboo huts which housed the school she was accustomed to in the Nepali refugee camps. Adhitya was a quick learner, and over the course of the year she became more and more comfortable using her English. At first she was extremely shy, but after a while she became more at ease and would talk and talk and talk. I learned that she loved to draw and noticed that she always paid special attention to the way illustrations were depicted in the books we read together. I wanted our projects to incorporate her love of drawing. One of the things I focused on in our tutoring sessions was getting her to recognize basic sight words. Throughout the year I wrote little stories that incorporated the sight words that she needed to work on. All the stories followed the adventures of two best friends named Bobo and Ellie. After she read each story, Adhitya did the illustrations for each page. For her end of the year present, I bound the stories along with her illustrations into a hardcover book for her to keep. Lauren Monaco served on the Education team during year 17 at Woodward Elementary. She earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work can be seen at laurenmonaco.com.