More than 200 students were treated to a presentation and Q&A by author Francisco X. Stork on May 15, 2019. The talk was arranged by librarian Erin Dalbec and funded by Tiger Talks, the PTSO's 2016-17 Educational Excellence campaign, which was designed to bring speakers in a variety of disciplines to Newton North. According to Ms. Dalbec, "The students were engaged, and at the end of his talk, Mr. Stork gave books to the two students who had asked the most thought-provoking questions." Added Ms. Dalbec, "Thank you to the PTSO and Tiger Talks for providing us the funding to bring Stork's book, Marcelo in the Real World, into Nick Grant's classroom and for the opportunity for the LLC to host programming that encourages students to love reading and learning!"
English teacher Maureen Kavanaugh enthused about the talk as follows:
Thank you so much for bringing Francisco to us. It was one of the best presentations to high schoolers that I have seen here at North. Francisco had such a warmth and ease about him; I could have listened to him tell stories for the whole day. My seniors were thoroughly engaged, and enjoyed being able to ask a real life author about the writing process. They were hooked, as was I. I thought he also had some amazing advice to give to students on career choices, as well. And a highlight was the connection he made to the Spanish-speaking students. Having a Mexican-American lawyer/author be able to share his story--about being an immigrant, learning English as a young boy, dealing with depression---was inspiring. I hope that his visits to North will be a yearly thing!
Also, I adored Marcelo in the Real World. A wonderful voice of an underrepresented character in literature. I could see us teaching this here at North.
Thank you, thank you!