Read, write and follow your dreams.

Award-winning Michigan author Kyle Prue, 20, shared this inspirational message with 500 students from E.F. Rittmueller and St. Lorenz middle schools who attended Tuesday morning assemblies at the Bronner Center for the Performing Arts and EFR.

Prue wrote “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy” when he was just 16 years old. The book has won numerous national awards.

The Frankenmuth students enjoyed the presentations, which included entertaining stories about Prue’s early years and writing as well as comedic impersonations.

“I really liked hearing about how he got started in his writing,” said 14-year-old Leah Nielsen, an EFR eighth-grader.

Following the assemblies, every EFR seventh- and eighth-grader received a signed copy of “The Sparks.” That gift was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, which approved a grant to purchase the books. Prue’s travel expenses were paid for by a separate grant from the Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) fund. 

In addition, Gary E. and Kathleen Rummel purchased copies for each St. Lorenz middle-schooler.

“This is a great example of our city coming together once again for the common good,” said Stephen C. List, executive director of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation.

Frankenmuth is blessed with a very supportive community and our schools are regular recipients of that generosity, said Mike Bender, Principal at St. Lorenz Lutheran School.

“The cooperation between the Frankenmuth Community Foundation and the schools within the Frankenmuth area are a testimony to that incredible support,” Bender said.

The grant request to buy Prue’s books came from Laura Jacob, EFR librarian/media specialist. 

“The objective is to have all our students be able to read Kyle’s book in hopes of igniting “a spark’ for the love of reading,” Jacob said. “Inspiring the youth in our community to read more is a lasting and trickle-down effect.”

Prue, now a freshman at the University of Michigan, told the teens that it’s important to find your passion in life and follow your dreams. Prue has traveled across the United States sharing his message with more than 60,000 teens.

“The Flames,” the second book in the Feud Series, is due out in late April.

“Kyle Prue provided our students with an inspirational example of what can be achieved at a young age by those that have a plan and a passion for their lives," Bender said.


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation’s founding. Since then, more than $2 million has been allocated to groups and programs working to enhance the quality of life in our community.

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