Popular Children’s Author Shares Stories and Promotes Literacy

Connolly and Gribbin Elementary Schools welcomed renowned children’s author Patricia Polacco, who shared with the students some of her interesting childhood experiences of growing up in the Midwest. Ms. Polacco is the author of more than 80 books, including popular works such as Thundercake and Meteor. She even brought with her a chunk of the legendary rock from space for which the book was written and shared it with the children, and also shared a ‘keeping quilt,’ made from an immigrant Jewish family's clothing taken from their Russian homeland for which another of her books is named. Led by teacher JoAnn Criblez, Gribbin first and second graders sang a special song to Ms. Polacco, entitled “Welcome to Our School.” Librarian Robin Schapira and the respective PTAs were instrumental in arranging the visits.