Friday, January 30, 2015

Nationally Acclaimed Children's Author Visits Fort Thomas Elementary Schools

Author Bruce Hale speaks to students at Woodfill Elementary School./Provided

Last week, Bruce Hale, nationally acclaimed author of the Get Gecko and Clark the Shark book series for children, visited Fort Thomas Elementary Schools.

Hale spent time reading his newest book, Clark the Shark Takes Heart, to second and third grade students at Johnson and Woodfill, while students at Moyer were able to participate via the district’s live streaming system, Discover Video. After the reading, students were given the opportunity to speak with the author about his career.

Students eagerly responded when Hale asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up. He continued, “You have just taken the first step toward reaching your dreams. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Johnson Elementary School librarian Heidi Neltner said, “I am very excited to have partnered with Joseph-Beth booksellers, the other elementary librarians in our district and Bill Poff and his student crew to allow our students the opportunity to meet and learn from author Bruce Hale.  The students at Johnson were very excited to read Bruce Hale’s books, learn about his life, and work on projects that we hope to share with him.” Neltner continued, “We are very lucky that our new Discover Video technology let us bring this unique learning experience into every classroom in our district and will hopefully serve to encourage a love of reading and writing in our students.”

Bruce Hale began his career as a writer while living in Tokyo, and continued it when he moved to Hawaii in 1983. He is also a professional speaker and a member of the National Speakers Association. From picture books to novels and graphic novels, Hale has written over 30 children’s books including Snoring Beauty, Big Bad Baby and the Underwhere series.

- Staff report

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