Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 15, 2002

Popular Children's Author Jerry Pallotta to Lead 19th Annual Whitworth Writing Rally

WHAT: The 19th annual Whitworth Writing Rally for students in pre-school through 5th grade is an opportunity for children to develop their reading and writing skills with assistance from a professional author and trained educators. This is the first year the rally is open to preschoolers. The rally will be led by Jerry Pallotta, an award-winning author of numerous alphabet and counting books for young children.

Approximately 800 students are expected to participate in the event, which is sponsored by Whitworth College, the Northeast Elementary School Principals Association of Washington, Educational Service District 101, and PEMCO.

Each child, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will take part in one of two three-hour sessions. Pallotta will share his stories with participants and then children will spend 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 bookbinding.

After each session, children can attend a reception in Quall Hall at Whitworth Presbyterian Church, which is adjacent to the Whitworth College campus, where they will have the opportunity to share the books they have created. They can also meet with Pallotta in Quall Hall and have him autograph his books, which will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2. 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, if mailed in the same envelope. The registration fee covers the cost of a T-shirt and writing materials.

HOW TO REGISTER: Register on-line at www.whitworth.edu/writingrally/Registration.htm, or call Les Francis, Writing Rally director, at (509) 777-4409 and leave your name, phone number, and mailing address. A registration packet will be mailed to you. Completed registration materials must be turned in or postmarked no later than Thursday, Oct. 24. Directions and schedules will be mailed to registrants on Oct. 28.

Contacts:

Les Francis, Writing Rally director, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4409 or 789-3556 or lfrancis@whitworth.edu or lfrancis@esd101.net.

Pat Parker, academic program assistant, School of Education, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3229 or pparker@whitworth.edu.

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

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