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|Distinguished Author Speaks At Churchill Junior High
|Once every three years, students in Junior High read books by the same author for the "Reading at the Crossroads" program.
The program brings the author of the assigned books to Galesburg to discuss their literary topics with students.
This year, author Sharon Draper was the selected writer. Junior High students in Galesburg have been reading her books this semester and came prepared with questions about the story lines and characters.
Doctor Draper is a New York Times best selling author and was also a teacher for 30 years. She tells WGIL she likes talking to students in particular.
"I like speaking with students because I like the interaction with young people," says Draper. "I try to understand them, their life, their needs, their pain, what makes them laugh. Talking to them personally I really, really enjoy."
More than 150 people filled the auditorium at Churchill Junior High.
According to her website, Draper has been honored at the White House six times for her work. She spoke for an hour about the experiences she used in writing her books: Tears of a Tiger, Copper Sun, and Out of My Mind.
Principal at Churchill Jim Wilson tells WGIL the students spread what they learned by word of mouth leading up to the talk.
"To get the person behind that here with them and hearing her stories and the interaction is great and it's a good bond between Churchill and Lombard to tie in curriculum that's similar and so they can share a common goal with that," says Wilson.
Draper said "Reading at the Crossroads" is an excellent way to bring the community together around books.
She planned to meet with more students and Junior High teachers all day today.
|12 05 12 by Newsroom
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