S.A.N.D. School K-2 Students Enjoy Author Visit

Spotlight on Excellence   December 2014

 
 

S.A.N.D. School K-2 Students Enjoy Author Visit

 
 
This December S.A.N.D. School and the Ropkins Branch of The Hartford Public Library enjoyed a visit from award winning children’s author, Catherine Gibson.  Cathy’s non-fiction books are based upon her own teaching experiences at The American School for the Deaf, and the experiences of other Connecticut residents who succeed in spite of disabilities. Cathy’s two “Sophie” books include the sign language translations and finger-spellings of the words in the story.
 
Her most recently published book encourages readers to look within themselves to find, “What’s Your Something Special?”  Ms. Gibson shared her message of love and acceptance by teaching students in grades K to two how to sign “Sunshine on My Shoulder” and by reading and signing from her books.  Her 2014-2015 book-tour has taken her to schools and libraries as far away as California, but we are fortunate that she stopped near her hometown of Bristol, Connecticut to work with our students here at S.A.N.D.
 
Mr. Curtis Porter, Director of Community Outreach said that this event “fosters our school-wide and district-wide goals to increase parent involvement and forge a partnership with our city and community organizations”.  Parents who enjoyed the event include, Ms. Luz Feliciano, whose daughters’ Ashley and Kimberly attend S.A.N.D.   Ashley Silva-Feliciano assisted Cathy Gibson during her reading. For additional information on author and public television host, Catherine Gibson please visit the website: www.forchildrenwithlove.com.  
 
Reading Specialist, Ms. Amanda Argazzi is grateful to all of the staff and students who helped her to plan this event and to make it special for our S.A.N.D. families. 
 

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