Inspirational Author Visit

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Hampton Bays Elementary School students listened intently as acclaimed author and illustrator Patricia Polacco addressed them during a special assembly on March 17. 

“You are all gifts,” Polacco told the students as she spoke about her family heritage and showed them her “keeping quilt,” the subject of one of her 115 books. She also read from a selection of her books and provided an opportunity for students to ask questions. The students were eager to ask about her life, her children and how she became an author.  

Prior to Polacco’s visit, students took part in an author study where they learned more about the prolific author and her writing style. They also wrote their own pieces to share with her. 

Polacco ended the session by telling students to “go out and change the world,” and gave them each an opportunity to touch a meteor fragment that had landed on her family’s farm.