Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2007

Children's Author Jerry Pallotta to Lead
24th Annual Whitworth Writing Rally Nov. 3

WHAT: The 24th annual Whitworth Writing Rally for students in pre-school through 6th grade. The 2007 rally will feature Jerry Pallotta, an award-winning author of numerous alphabet and counting books for young children, including The Frog Alphabet Book and The Icky Bug Alphabet Book.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 3. The first session is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (check in at 8:15 a.m.). The second session is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (check in at 10:30 a.m.) A parent or guardian must accompany each child participating in the rally.

WHERE: Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road

COST: $16 for each child and attending parent or guardian. The registration fee covers writing materials and a T-shirt for each participant. Reduced low-income rate and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

HOW TO REGISTER: To register, call (509) 777-3263 and leave your name, phone number, and mailing address. A registration packet will be mailed to you. Completed registration materials must be received no later than Oct. 26. A confirmation of registration will be mailed to each family on Oct. 30.

The Whitworth Writing Rally is an opportunity for children to develop their reading and writing skills with assistance from a professional author and trained educators. Between 600 and 700 students from the Inland Northwest are expected to participate in the 2007 rally. Pallotta will share his stories with participants, and then children, each accompanied by a parent or guardian, will work in small groups creating and illustrating stories. Each group will be led by trained educators with expertise in storytelling, writing, illustrating and bookbinding.

This year, a special session will be offered for 6th-grade students. The students will write a story in partnership with Ballet Spokane and the Whitworth Theatre Department. This story will later be choreographed and then will be performed next spring by Ballet Spokane dancers. The children participating in this session will receive tickets to the spring performance.

After each session, children are invited to attend a punch-and-cookies reception in Whitworth Presbyterian Church's Quall Hall, adjacent to the Whitworth campus, where they will have the opportunity to share the books they have created. They can also meet Pallotta during the reception and get his autograph.


Lisa Laurier, Whitworth Writing Rally director and associate professor of education, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3263 or llaurier@whitworth.edu.

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

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

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