7th graders visit Rochester's 20th Annual Children's Book Festival
On Saturday, November 13th 2016, students from the SAS Middle School attended Rochester's 20th Annual Children's Book Festival. The Festival was honored to host author Linda Sue Park and main character Salva Dut of the book "A Long Walk to Water." The session was centered around “Books change readers; readers change the world!—A celebration of the book A Long Walk to Water.” This experience was part our NYS 7th grade ELA curriculum, we just finished reading this book as part of our unit. The book tells the true story of local immigrant Salva Dut, a former “lost boy of Sudan” and founder of Water for South Sudan, who overcame incredible odds to not only survive war in his country but to return years later and provide water to his people. Students had the opportunity meet both Linda Sue Park and Salva Dut.
Students and teachers had a chance to take many pictures with the author. The students also participated in craft activities, presentations, and they were able to meet those who write and illustrate books for children, tweens, and teens. It was a great experience for the students and they really enjoyed themselves.