Southbury Students Deliver Heartfelt Messages to Author of the Year
Stepping into their teachers’ shoes, Southbury
students welcomed award-winning author, Aaron Reynolds, with introduction and
thank you speeches. In the past, teachers had made these presentations, but this
year, fourth- and fifth-grade students took ownership of the public speaking
Southbury Elementary welcomed their One
Author-One School author, Aaron Reynolds, on Friday, May 6th.More than 15 students submitted speeches,
from which nine students were chosen.They wrote, practiced, and presented introduction and thank you speeches.Students learned how to project their voices,
make meaningful eye contact, and deliver a heartfelt message to an author and
Their speeches left a lasting
impression on Reynolds, as well as the students and staff of Southbury
“I’m so flattered that you picked me to
focus on this whole year!” Reynolds wrote.
“The anticipation and excitement was so
evident in the kids, and your hard work will pay huge dividends in kids who are
passionate about books!”
The One Author-One School program is a
school-wide literacy experience that immerses each child in an author’s books
all year long and instills a love of reading and writing through an in-depth
study of the author.
To learn about Southbury’s One
Author-One School program, view Tech Club’s movie found below. You can also view
all of the students’ speeches through the link here.