Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 9, 2001

Popular Children's Author Tom Birdseye to Lead Whitworth Writing Rally

What: The 18th annual Whitworth Writing Rally for students in grades K-5 is an opportunity for children to develop their reading and writing skills with assistance from a professional author and trained educators. The rally will be led by Tom Birdseye, popular storyteller and author of stories for very young children and intermediate-grade children. His book, Tucker, a story about divorce, sibling rivalry, and a young boy's dream of becoming an Indian warrior, has been contracted with Disney Studios for a movie. Birdseye is from Portland, Ore., and previously resided in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Approximately 800 students are expected to participate in the event, which is sponsored by Whitworth College and the Northeast Elementary School Principals Association of Washington.

Each child, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will take part in one of two four-hour sessions. Birdseye will share his stories with participants during the first 50 minutes of each session. Children will spend the next two hours in small groups creating and illustrating stories. Each group will be led by trained educators with expertise in story telling, writing, illustrating and book binding.

During the final hour of each session, children can attend a reception in the HUB, where they will have the opportunity to share the books they have created. They can also meet with Birdseye in the HUB and have him autograph his books, which will be available to purchase.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3. The first session is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The second session is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A parent or guardian must accompany each child participating in the rally.

Where: Whitworth College

Cost: There is a $15 registration fee for the first child; the fee for each additional child is $12. The registration fee covers the cost of a T-shirt and all writing materials.

How to Register: Call Les Francis, associate professor of education at Whitworth College, at (509) 777-4409 and leave your name and mailing address. A registration packet will be mailed to you. Completed registration materials must be turned in or postmarked no later than Friday, Oct. 26.

Contacts:

Les Francis, associate professor of education, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4409 or lfrancis@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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