Making Dreams a Reality
by Thad Falkner, Head of School
Is there anything more exciting than discovering that a cherished dream could actually become a reality? Recently, Wilson students got to do just that, through a meaningful workshop with three accomplished children’s authors. Thanks to librarian Amanda Dressler’s relationship with local bookshop The Novel Neighbor and funding by Wilson’s Excellence Program, three OMG (Oh Middle Grades) Bookfest authors worked with our 1st-6th graders for the afternoon. Angela Dominguez, Vashti Harrison, and Courtney Sheinmel shared their inspiration and experiences as authors and illustrators in an interactive assembly with the school. The fun and learning only began there, though! Following the assembly, each class had the privilege of doing a break-out session with one of the authors on a variety of topics. For example, in first grade, Ms. Dominguez demonstrated her artistic skills by drawing characters at request, and in 6th grade, students used the elements of plot discussed by Ms. Sheinmel to craft their own short stories. Additionally, Ms. Harrison was kind enough to meet with a student who aspires to be an illustrator. Our Middle Grade dreamers saw first-hand that it is possible to pursue what they love, whether it is writing, illustrating, or something different entirely, through their time and collaboration with three successful women who have done it themselves.
This in itself would have made for a special day for any child, but this is Wilson, so there is more to the story. Many aspects of this thoughtfully-planned opportunity for our students made it unique to Wilson and to our mission.
Arthur Ashe once said, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” By giving our students experiences like this one with our Visiting Authors, we are equipping them with the confidence and skills they need to begin making their dreams a reality even now.
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