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End of the Year Report: 2013-2014 School Year: Special Events

Blind Date with a Book

UAM senior Melissa Augusto bravely goes on a "blind date" with one of our library books for Valentine's Day!

Stedman Visits the Library

Stedman Graham and HSAII senior Jethro Dede pose after Stedman's presentation in the library!

Hibakusha Stories

On May 1st, we once again hosted Hibakusha Stories.  This year, our 5th hosting the program, was extra special, as they chose our school to host the mayor of Nagasaki!  Mayor Tomihisa Taue joined Clifton T. Daniel, grandson of Harry Truman, and Hibakusha Reiko Yamada (Hiroshima) and Michio Hakariya (Nagasaki) in sharing this tragic moment in history with hundreds of MLK Students.  Special thanks to Robert Croonquist, Kathleen Sullivan and Carolina Soto for organizing and bringing this program to MLK each year.

Movie Night

We hosted two movie afternoons after school in the library!  In November, we watched The Hunger Games in preparation for the release of Catching Fire.  In April, the students voted to watch Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters!

StorpCorps

Thanks to our connection with the American Association of Publishers, we received a free author visit with StoryCorps, one of my favorite non-profits!  Mr. Cinque from Law, Mr. Ashkenazi from Arts and Tech, and Addie from UAM each had a class visit with a member of the StoryCorps team.  Their students discussed the benefits of storytelling, practiced active listening and asking good questions and listened to some of StoryCorps recordings, including this one about Ms. Devine.  10 students in each class received a free copy of one of StoryCorps books!

World Book Night

In the fall, I applied to be a giver for World Book Night.  In December, I found out that I was chosen to hand out copies of one of my favorite books, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  On April 23rd, I distributed an entire box of free books to our students during scanning.  The most exciting part was students who don't normally read realistic fiction coming back to tell me how much they enjoyed the book and watching the book get passed around groups of friends.  I hope I will be lucky enough to be selected as a giver again next year.