Award-winning author with Girard roots to visit Springfield Elementary

posted Oct 19, 2016, 5:48 AM by   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 5:48 AM by NWSD District ]


“I always wanted to be a writer,” Springfield Elementary School fifth-grader Chloe Yazembiak said. “I like writing stories.”

Students at Northwestern School District’s Springfield elementary, 11911 Bond St., East Springfield will have a unique opportunity to visit with an award-winning author who has local roots tomorrow.

Alane Adams, who’s family settled in the Girard area in the early 1900s, will read her book, The Coal Thief, based on a tale of boys in 1920s Pennsylvania on the hunt for some mysterious black gold.

The Coal Thief, will be read to students in Pre-K through third grade at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the elementary library. At 2:30 p.m., Adams will give a “reading is a superpower” talk to fourth- and fifth-graders.

Adams’ award-winning picture book series includes The Coal Thief, The Egg Thief and The Santa Thief. Adams also writes the ongoing series, The Legends of Orkney™. In 2015, Adams teamed up with Artifact Technologies to create BattleKasters, a live-action adventure mobile game based on the Legends of Orkney™ book series.

“I’m excited that the students took the time to read her books,” Springfield elementary Principal Rich Harvey said. “Any chance we have to expose Springfield students to authors and their works – it’s a good thing.”

Adams is also social entrepreneur, philanthropist, professor and an avid literacy advocate. After spending decades balancing budgets for the family business, she founded the Rise Up Foundation, focusing on global poverty issues and particularly their effect on children.

A master’s degree in Diplomacy and several field visits with UNICEF later, Adams witnessed firsthand the importance of education and literacy in the battle to end extreme poverty and shifted the focus of her foundation to improving and supporting literacy efforts.

“We have had an ‘Alane Adams book club’ for the last few weeks,” elementary principal Rich Harvey said. “Each book a student reads they get a ticket.  We will draw and each grade span a student will receive a free Alane Adams book.”

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Oct 19, 2016, 5:48 AM