As we’ve received a number of inquiries with questions about who could qualify for the giveaway with Marge Pellegrino that we announced on Tuesday, I’ve realized that I may not have been very clear in describing the giveaway. Due to the confusion, we’re extending the giveaway until Monday. You do not have to be a member of our book group, be a local Albuquerque teacher, or have read Pellegrino’s Journey of Dreams in order to win the giveaway. Teachers of all grade levels are welcome to enter in the drawing. Pellegrino has worked with students of all ages. As an author, you and your students could have a wonderful conversation with Pellegrino on the writing process, why she writes, or why she chose to write a story about Guatemala. Pellegrino is also incredibly involved with her community in Arizona. This would be a great opportunity to discuss with students what it means to be part of a community, what an activist is, and why activism is important. The Owl and Panther: A Project of The Hopi Foundation is one of the organizations that Pellegrino works with, and would be a great topic for your students to discuss with her. To read more about the organization check out their Facebook page or their website.
Here’s a little bit more about Pellegrino in her own words:
“Wild about words, I write and work with diverse groups of people to encourage them to find their own personal power on the page. . .I have facilitated writing programs for ArtsReach working with Native American youth and elders, and for KARE for children of the incarcerated. Since 1999 I’ve been with The Hopi Foundation’s Owl and Panther project, working with families impacted by torture, trauma and traumatic dislocation. I facilitate writing workshops throughout the Pima County Public Library system.”
I know some of our teachers have been hesitant about using Skype–don’t be! If you’re an Albuquerque local we’d be happy to come in to your classroom and help you set up everything for the visit. All you need is internet and a computer. If you’re not a local, we’d be happy to help via email or phone.
This is a great opportunity that I hope you’ll take advantage of! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us or leave a comment. To be entered in the giveaway just leave us a comment on this post or the original announcement. If you know any teachers who may be interested, please feel free to share this information widely!