Author Inspires Elwood Students

Author Inspires Elwood Students Photo

Harley Avenue Primary School and James H. Boyd Intermediate School students had the unique opportunity to hear from author, poet and photographer Charles Smith Jr. on March 30 and 31.

Mr. Smith visited kindergarten through second-grade students on March 30 to present on his life and career. He spoke about his writing process, his photography experience and read excerpts from some of his books. Thanks to a school grant, students were each given one of his books to take home with kindergartners and first-graders receiving “I Am America” and second-graders receiving “I Am the World.” Mr. Smith visited classrooms in the afternoon to sign copies.

Students at James H. Boyd Intermediate School also learned about the author and received deeper explanations of his books when he visited the school on March 31. He spoke about the importance of the mind, body and spirit and how the three correlate with success. The Boyd PTA bought each student one of Mr. Smith’s books and the district bought his book collection for the classroom libraries.

“He was dynamic, related well to the students and covered real character traits,” said Principal Dr. Denise Toscano. “He blew us away.”