On Thursday, April 9th, we are honoured to announce that the elementary students and staff at Tall Pines School will welcome Canadian author Eric Walters for an inspirational presentation about his books, his passion for writing and his humanitarian efforts. The teacher-turned-author is one of the best-known writers of fiction for children and young adults.
Walters began writing in 1993 when he was teaching a Grade 5 class. His students were reluctant readers and writers, and Walters began to write to encourage them to become more involved in literature. His first novel, Stand Your Ground, was created for this class. Since this first novel, Walters has published over 90 novels and picture books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
These novels have been enthusiastically received by children and young adults and critically acclaimed by teachers, reviewers and parents. Eric’s novels have won more than 100 awards including eleven separate children’s choice awards. He is the only three time winner of both the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch and Red Maple Awards – in which over 250,000 students participate and vote the winner.
As a humanitarian, Eric, along with his wife Anita, and Ruth and Henry Kyatha, are the co-founders of The Creation of Hope (www.creationofhope.com) which provides for over 400 orphans and disadvantaged children throughout the Mbooni District of Kenya. 100% of money donated by schools goes directly to this orphanage.
As a school, we would like to present Mr. Walters with a donation from the Tall Pines School community for his orphanage and kindly request that students bring in a toonie for this cause.
We are very pleased to offer this experience that blends drama, storytelling, and audience participation to the students of Tall Pines School.
Parents are welcome.