Editor's note: This corrects the grade level of the students who received netbooks at Davis, Sonora, Paularino and Killybrook elementary schools.
COSTA MESA — Gathered in the multipurpose room at the end of a recent school day, students in Liz Sawyer's fourth- and fifth-grade combo class awaited the red-carpet premiere of book trailers they had spent the last three months putting together.
When the time was right, the students exited the room and came back in on a red paper "carpet" as their books were announced to cheers from a handful of parents and other students.
"It's been really fun because we can do whatever we want," said fifth-grader Kayla Brockman, 10.
Sawyer's students at Davis Magnet School were the first to create a trailer, similar to a movie preview, for books — a project that wouldn't have been feasible until this year when about 600 students districtwide were given netbooks, or smaller laptops, to use as their own for the school year.