As we have for the past few years, Dr. Gina Bitner took ten students to the Plum Creek Literacy Festival, where we all enjoyed the speakers, the banquet, and the chance to get books signed.
Thanks to another Student Enhancement Grant, the students got to purchase a book and then get that picture book or novel signed by either the author or the illustrator, sometimes both at the same time.
The festival brings to Concordia University a rich array of authors and illustrators who emphasize in their presentations not only their artistic excellent but also the processes each pursues where to illustrate a children's book or pen a Young Adult Novel.
This rich experience--one that provides a friendly atmosphere that allows students to talk with the people who inspire them--proves eye opening for many of the students, especially those who plan to pursue a teaching career, the reason Gina Bitner and I focus on Elementary Education and English Majors.
At the 2017 festival, in fact, I talked with Wendi Buggi, a high-school English teacher who attended the conference in 2014.
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