By Hilary McIntyre
Germantown, Tennessee--November 15, 2019 --The last week of October brought lots of tricks and treats to the students at Dogwood Elementary. The final celebration came in the form of a person, author, and two-time National Book Finalist Deborah Wiles, who spent Friday, November 1 with Dogwood’s students and staff.
“I can’t believe I met an author. I actually sat in front of a real-life author,” exclaimed 5th grader, Aryaman Pagoria. Aryaman was one of the 12 students selected to interview Ms. Wiles. The interview panel was comprised of students in third through fifth grade who won the “Who Wants to be a Journalist” competition.
In addition to being interviewed, Ms. Wiles led a teacher-only workshop and delivered three presentations to Dogwood’s entire student body. During her programs she shared writing techniques, researching strategies, and read-alouds of her books.
Dogwood’s 4th and 5th graders were able to have history come to life through Ms. Wiles’s photographs and storytelling. Specifically, witnessing the effects one Mississippi town experienced when it attempted to resist integration laws in the 1960s.
Since her day at Dogwood, Deborah Wiles has reached out to say, “Thank you for such a fabulous and meaningful author visit day on Friday,” which was the goal of the day.