First, I just have to ask: If you’re using Blogger and now have that two word verification system, do you know how difficult it’s become to leave a comment? I’ll give 5-6 attempts before I reach my frustration limit and move on.

My author visit with Mike Mullin on World Read Aloud Day was simply fantastic! Mike was able to connect so well with the students while he spoke with them about taekwondo, writing and Ashfall. While meeting authors in person does so much to boost one’s interest in reading, it was those moments of Mike reading aloud that really reached the students. When Mike asked “Are there any questions?” the response he got was “Could you read some more?” and, so he did!

I wish I’d brought an author in sooner, but it just seemed financially out of my reach. With a growing crop of local authors, I was able to bring someone in this month. Yes, it would be awesome to bring in an author of color, but having authors who come speak to my students lets them know that real authors and real members of their community care about them being literate as much as their teachers and librarian. It’s worthwhile and it’s colorless.

 This week, I change to my tech hat and I’ll be leading as session with upperclassmen on creating and maintaining our online image. I’m pretty sure this information will be new to most of the students, so I’ll work to plant seeds and generate a good discussion. I’d like to learn a little from the students on how they’re using social networking and not just deliver mymaterial.

My daughter was here this week! She was busy with a shoot and we didn’t get to spend much time together but children (she’ll roll her eyes and sigh heavy at that word, but what other is there?) of any age make a house feel more like a home. She headed back down south with a copy of Ashfall for my other son, Joshie.

Most recent additions to my blogroll:

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

For more information and to apply online visit the Dollar General website .

Debbie Reese at American Indians in Children’s Literature recently updated the situation in Arizona. My synopsis:

  • Students from all over the country have done something for Mexican American Studies, including Oakland, Chicago, Northridge, New York.
  • A  lawsuit is moving forward to repeal this hateful law. There are big court dates ahead and you can stay apprised of the latest news through Save Ethnic Studies  where you can also donate to our legal effort.
  • This week the Librotraficante  Caravan will depart from Houston for Tucson with “Banned Books” to be distributed in San Antonio, Albuquerque and Tucson. Chican@ writers and supporters will be hosting workshops, performances, and readings. Please checkout their website  for more details.
  • 50 minute version of Precious Knowledge  will be shown on the national PBS show Independent Lens on May 17th.

You probably know by now that Henrysvile, IN recently lost all its schools in the recent tornados that ravaged the Midwest and South last weekend. The elementary students will start school again on March 19 at the site of the former Graceland Academy in New Albany, IN. This will allow all K-6 students to stay together. Students in grades 7 – 12 will return to classes on April 3. These classes will be held at Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. This site is currently being converted for classroom use, thus the delay in starting classes. Decisions have not yet been made regarding classes in the fall.

Doesn’t this sound like an opportune moment for online instruction?

The need for materials in brick and mortar schools is great. If you’d like to help, consider the following.

The Hornets Book Nest on Facebook is working with school librarian, Sally Rigg, to identify specific needs for the schools.

Authors for Henryville have set up an online auction to raise funds which will be donated to the Red Cross to aid tornado victims.

East Washington School families can be assisted by sending checks to the corporation at 1050 North Eastern School Road, Peking, IN, 47165.

Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno’s website, is featuring Henryville this month and encouraging high school students to raise the most money to support the students in Henryville. The school that raises the most money will be announced in May at a concert in Indy.

New or gently used books can be dropped off at the Greater Clark County Schools administration building.  Greater Clark Schools is the neighboring school corporation and they are helping with storage and donations. 2112 Utica-Sellersburg Rd., Jeffersonville, IN 47130.

Cash donations can be made to the American Red Cross,, mark donations for the area you wish to support: Henryville, Marysville, Peking, Southern Indiana, etc.

Senator Lugar collects books for distribution.
The ILF office is (and has been) part of this collection, feel free to support this book drive.

Teacher/ classroom supplies are being collected for the displaced teachers. Contact Brittany for collection and drop off information

2 thoughts on “SundayMorningReads

  1. I totally agree with you when it comes to Blogger’s word verification. I have the worst sight and hate having to figure out those squiggly words. Glad to hear you were able to bring an author to your school. I think I was in high school, the first time I met an author in person.


  2. The new Blogger verification is horrible. I get it wrong, too. I turned mine off after a follower wrote to me that hers is off and she doesn’t get spam. If and when I do get spam, I’ll continue to keep verification off and will turn on the “visible after approval” button.

    What a treat it is to have an author visit. I don’t recall any visits when I was young, but as a teacher I’ve worked in schools that have them.


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