Yavapai Elementary students learn from author Jack Gantos

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Jack Gantos (submitted photo)

Students at Yavapai Elementary School in the Scottsdale Unified School District had the opportunity to learn practical writing techniques from author Jack Gantos. Mr. Gantos has written books for a wide-range of readers from picture books to middle-grade fiction.

Mr. Gantos introduced students to the process of writing, how to express creativity, develop characters, and get excited about reading and writing stories.

“Learning about the process of writing, including the joys, struggles and publication, directly from the author will help students connect to the books they read,” stated Tammy Kohli, in a press release.

Ms. Kohli is a Yavapai teacher who coordinated the visit.

Two grade-level workshops were presented to students. Ms. Kohli stated in the release that she hoped that the visit would “further encourage young writers and affect students’ future successes, with the goal of making positive impact on students, their communities and the world.”

The Scottsdale Unified School District offers 31 schools serving approximately 24,448 students. School boundaries include parts of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Tempe. More information regarding SUSD can be found at www.susd.org.

Individuals seeking additional information about the program can contact Kathy Burwell at 480-484-6223.

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