Sunday, September 21, 2014
Thanks to Jeanne Jusaitis of the Redwood Writer's Club, I participated in Reading Day at Mary Collins at Cherry Valley Charter School in Petaluma on Sept. 3. I presented Sacajawea of the Shoshone in Mrs. Pellkofer's and Mr. Ruddell's 4th & 5th grade classes and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas in Mrs. Damico's K/1 class.
I love connecting with kids at school visits and inspiring their love of reading and stories, and they always have such great questions. Thank you, Mrs. Pellkofer for your amazing testimonial:
"Natasha Yim was amazing! She visited our 4th and 5th grade students at Mary Collins Cherry Valley Charter School and wowed us with an in-depth, super interesting digital presentation about her book, Sacajawea of the Shoshone, her writing process, her personal story and more. It was like watching a personal "TED" talk of the importance of Sacajawea in our North American history, while still being completely age-appropriate and totally engaging! I had to purchase the book for my class as I wanted to learn more!"
and Thank You to Mrs. Damico's students for the adorable, colorful and very large Thank You card you sent me:
Blankets were laid out on the green grass under the canopy of trees where parents and kids shared books together. Authors were also invited to a lovely lunch of pesto pasta and a delicious salad made from vegetables from the school garden.
It always warms my heart to see a school devote a day to encourage literacy, reading, and to acknowledge authors as an important part of that process. All in all, it was well worth the drive to Petaluma.