Friday, September 6, 2013

OAES Author Visit!

Yesterday, we had an amazing visit with Barbara Elizabeth Walsh, author of The Poppy Lady. Her book tells the story of Moina Belle Michael, UGA professor and humanitarian, who created the idea of using poppies as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in World War I. Since some of the story takes place in Athens and mentions different landmarks, our students were doubly excited to make those connections!
Ms. Walsh met with 5th grade students and discussed the process of writing a book. She was very impressed by our kids' understand of the writing process, as well as their attentiveness!



Several of our fifth graders made her poppies and she loved them! The hand-made poppies came in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. One of our students made a 3D poppy from construction paper, and another was made of marzipan. We have such creative students! 

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Mrs. Lewis' class even wrote blog posts talking about their experience with meeting Ms. Walsh and the impact of her inspiring story and can be found here.


Also, Ms. Janet Geddis from Avid Bookshop was here.  Our kids were thrilled to meet her! If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of The Poppy Lady, please pay before September 20th. Forms may be found in the front office.

This week has been great! Students are enjoying checking out books and learning to use the library media center. We are enjoying having you visit! Have a great weekend, Wildcats! Happy Reading!

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