Terrace Park Elementary Celebrates Third Annual Young Authors Day
584 students spent April 29th learning about and celebrating literature and literary arts at Terrace Park Elementary’s third annual Young Authors Day.
About three dozen Terrace Park faculty and support staff were joined by more than two dozen parent and community volunteers to lead groups of students through writing, sharing, and art sessions. Additionally, each student attended a presentation by one of three special guest published authors: Kevin Emerson (author of the Oliver Nocturne book series), Richard Jesse Watson (author/illustrator of many books, including The Magic Rabbit), and Clare Hodgson Meeker (author of the popular locally-based books Lootas, Hansa, and the newly released Soccer Dreams: Playing the Sounders FC Way).
“It’s an all-day, all-school, in-school field trip,” as Ginger Everhart, the PTA Young Authors Day committee chair describes it. “The students are randomly assigned to groups by grade and are chaperoned to each of their four sessions by an adult. It is a unique day in the school calendar that always results in great interactions between teachers and students and in forming new friendships between students from their random assignments to groups based only on their grade level and not their teacher or educational program.”
Young Authors Day is made possible each year by a committee of dedicated teachers and parent volunteers and funding from the Terrace Park PTA.