Author Inspires Levittown Students to Keep Writing
Fifth-graders from throughout the Levittown Public Schools gathered at the Levittown Memorial Education Center on Jan. 19 to hear from Chris Grabenstein, the author of their summer reading book "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library."
The assembly allowed students to learn more about Grabenstein's writing process, his career and the different books that he has written. Using his animated humor, students laughed along with Grabenstein as he showed students how to create a story on the spot using any form of words and how to grab their readers' attention at the beginning of a story.
The students also watched the trailer for the new Nickelodeon movie of "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library," inspired by the book. Grabenstein told students his inspiration for the story which stemmed from visiting a school library. Students were encouraged to participate throughout the assembly, even joining him up by the stage at one point to show examples of verbs.
To end the assembly on a high note, Director of English Language Arts Kerin Slattery announced the winners of the summer reading raffle. Students who participated in the activities at the Levittown Public Library during district's Summer Reading Extravaganza, had the opportunity to put their names in a raffle for a special prize. Five student winners from each of the six elementary schools were given a goodie bag handed to them by Grabenstein.
"It is my hope that students realized how powerful writing is and how the choice in an author's words make the story come to life," said Slattery. "Our fifth grade students seemed so inspired by Mr. Grabenstein's assembly and have been encouraged to use their voice to tell their story."