Readers will explore the history of Orphan Trains in the U.S., immigration, migration and what it takes to assimilate into a new place to call home. Planned programming includes West Ada immigrant students sharing their personal stories with their peers, Ellis Island simulations, community gardens, and rich discussions of the books themselves. Programming will be provided by not only the city/county libraries, but also our school libraries, culminating with an author visit by Christina Baker Kline in March of 2016.
Donate online: Education Foundation of the West Ada School District or send a check to West Ada Education Foundation- Attn: Book Project 1303 E Central Drive Meridian Idaho 83642
We provided a book for every 7th grade classroom in the district to read, and then we brought Mona Golabek, also a concert pianist, to the district in the spring to perform her one woman show, the Pianist of Willesden Lane. This project served almost 3,000 students, providing an inspirational learning experience that integrates literacy, music and social studies. For specific information about the book and play, please visit http://holdontoyourmusic.org/play.html.
The project was paid for by wonderful donors to the Education Foundation of the West Ada School District.