Sharon Draper, award winning author will be visiting John F. Kennedy Middle on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. to address the importance of reading and encourage students to become active readers.
As part of Dr. Draper’s assembly she will conduct a “closed corridors” session with 35 striving readers to motivate them to read. In preparation for this visit JFK students have been reading her books and the school has conducted a session with parents, challenging them to read with their children one of her novels, Romiette and Julio.
“Her visit will introduce our students to the art of writing and put a face to the author who has created characters and story lines that they have already fallen in love with,” said Dr. Shannon Grice, Assistant Principal at JFK.
Dr. Sharon Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scot King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She has been honored at the White House six times, and was chosen as one of only four authors in the country to speak at the National Book Festival Gala in Washington, D.C, and to represent the United States in Moscow at their Book Festival.
Her book Copper Sun has been selected by the US State Department and the International Reading Association as the United States novel for the international reading project called Reading Across Continents. Students in the US, Nigeria, and Ghana are reading the book and sharing ideas-a true intercontinental, cross-cultural experience.
“We are looking forward to this visit because our students will be able to get a glimpse into the life of an author and possibly help future authors, in the audience, to understand the process of a becoming published author,” added Dr. Grice.
For more information contact Dr. Shannon L. Grice at (561) 845-4504 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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