Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Celebrate National Donut Day 

The Center of Everything

by Linda Urban

What better way to start off the day than with a Skype visit from the wonderful Linda Urban?  The creative writing class was so excited to meet a real, live author.  They all anxiously gathered round the computer as we waited for Ms. Urban to Skype call us.  Ready, Set, Go!  She is calling! She is on the screen! We all rush to say hello at once.  There she is...a real, live author.  The students all have their questions ready and anxiously await their turn to talk to her.  

Her first question is,  "Do you have your donuts???"  "Yes, we do!" everyone chanted as we see Ms. Urban hold hers up on the screen.  Ms. Urban's publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has graciously provided donuts for the entire class.  We are so glad the protagonist of The Center of Everything lives in the fictional town of  Bunning, New Hampshire.  Bunning, as it turns out, is the home of the modern day donut. 

Each student had the opportunity to ask questions and personally talk with Ms. Urban.  "Wow", they say after it is over, "she is really nice." Yes, I think, yes, she is really nice. Not only did Ms. Urban take the time to visit with each student and answer their questions, but she told funny stories about her writing. She gave the students more than she knows this morning. She encouraged those high school students to keep on writing and not give up.  As they left, every one of them was excited! How often do high school students get super excited about writing? I think she gave them a wondrous gift that they will have forever.  Thank you, Ms. Urban!  

National Donut Day is June 7, 2013.  Why not celebrate with The Center of Everything and a donut?

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