Each year, the Auburn School District invites an author to speak to students in each of the five elementary schools. This year, not only do we have one author coming to Auburn, we have two authors AND the subject of their newest book! Authors Miranda and Baptiste Paul will be visiting Auburn the week of March 25th with Tantoh Nforba (known as “Farmer”), the subject of their newest book, called “I am Farmer.” Farmer is an environmentalist in Cameroon, Africa who is a national hero, for the work he has done helping build community gardens and clean water systems. An Auburn Education Foundation Grant has allowed us to provide an evening program with the Pauls and Farmer Tantoh at the Hilton Garden Inn on March 28th for the entire community.
We prepare our students each year by sharing the author’s books and incorporating meaningful activities connected to their books. This year, we decided to do even more, starting with the idea of educating our students about the global water crisis, empowering them to be part of the solution with a coin drive to help Farmer Tantoh put in a new well, to where we are now, on our way to meet Farmer Tantoh, learn more about the culture and people in Cameroon, and assist in the building of the new water system.
Thank you for joining our journey! While the main purpose of this blog is to share information and photos with our students, we welcome questions and comments from anyone.
Mrs. Mlod (Genesee Librarian), Ms. Calarco (Owasco Librarian), and Ms. Rice (Herman/Genesee Art Educator)