HAMMOND | The School City of Hammond, in collaboration with the Northwest Indiana Reading Council, hosted a Young Authors Conference last month at Morton Elementary School.
More than 350 students in grades 2 to 6 attended with their own books in hand to share. Author Jerry Pallotta presented his children's books and students enjoyed a performance by storyteller Grant Fitch, lunch, and the opportunity to read their books aloud to a small group of peers.
Sally Will, teacher at Morton Elementary School, organized the event with help from building coordinators. "Though we competed with the area’s opening day for baseball, just as many students were devoting time to literacy," said Mary Beth Nickolaou, director of talent development and special programs for the school system.
"Essentially, the day was divided into three sessions, with groups of students rotating between time with the storyteller while they enjoyed a sack lunch, a visit with Pallotta in the gym, and small groups of students sharing their books with peers," Nickolaou said.