Bushfires! Snake alarms! It’s all just another day in the beautiful and resilient towns around the Gladstone.
Today we visited Mount Larcom, a high-top with grades Prep-9, as well Nagoorin, a one-teacher school with 15 students ranging from Prep-Year 6.
Students and teachers alike expressed their appreciation for the author visits. As one teacher said, it is rare enough for authors to visit Gladstone, but even when they do, they almost never get to the small and vital schools in the surrounding region. The look of joy and inspiration on the faces of students and teachers alike was incredibly rewarding, making all those hours of driving through haze more than worth it.
Over the course of each school visit, the authors create a special connection with the students. These young people striving to find their way in the world absorb the authors’ stories and insights, and often share their own stories, hopes, aspirations, and fears. And the authors respond with patience, care, and encouragement, proving again and again the transformative power of reading and writing.