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    Author Encourages Students to Bear Witness
    Posted on 05/04/2018
    Jewell Parker Rhode reads aloud to students

    Author Encourages Students to Bear Witness

    Ghost Boys Author visits Dearborn Park and Orca K-8

    Orca K8 and Dearborn Park International schools were visited on May 3 by Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of the book, “Ghost Boys.” “Ghost Boys” documents a young boy’s experiences as a ghost in present-day Chicago after losing his life at the hands of a police officer.

    Student listen to the author read aloudThe New York Times best-selling author and educator delivered a presentation to 4th through 8th-grade students about the importance of bearing witness to injustice and the power of individual voices in creating actionable change.

    A handful of students at both schools read and studied portions of the book prior to the author’s visit. During her visit, she also read a chapter of her novel aloud and answered questions about her writing process to young readers.

    Author poses for photo with a student“I wrote [Ghost Boys] because I thought you guys deserve it. I needed to write this book because we can make the world better.” Rhodes told students. “In telling truth in what you witness, you can create action and make a change!”

    Rhodes visits were facilitated by Seattle Public Schools librarians Craig Seasholes and Tracy Appleyard of Dearborn Park International Elementary and Orca K-8, respectively, to support students in grappling with difficult world events through age-appropriate literature.