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Trinity’s education department welcomed children’s author Candace Fleming and more than 200 students from local grade schools to campus for the annual Young Authors Festival on May 1.

To be eligible to attend, students in first through sixth grade from participating schools completed an original book and were then selected by their schools. At the festival, children were able to share their original books with peers, join in fun activities, and hear from Fleming about the process of writing her picture book Muncha, Muncha, Muncha.

“The overarching purpose is to encourage writing in all grade levels,” said Joy Meyer ’78, assistant professor of education at Trinity.

Elementary students aren’t the only ones who participated in this event. Trinity students facilitated the small group discussions with young writers and illustrators, and TrinProv, the College’s improvisational comedy group, acted out some of the children’s stories.

“The kids would go crazy when they would hear the title of their book read,” said TrinProv member Rosalia Portillo ’09 of Aurora, Illinois. Portillo read selected stories aloud while her fellow actors performed the scenes.

 “I think it was incredibly fulfilling for the children to see others responding to their stories and feeling what they felt as they were writing.”

Southwest Christian (Oak Lawn) student Raquel Hamstra said, “It was fun to meet kids from other schools and make new friends.” The fourth grader also enjoyed the visiting author’s presentation, as well as being at Trinity with her father Pete Hamstra, vice president for admissions and marketing.

“Raquel was so exited to come to the festival,” he said, “The experience actually surpassed the anticipation.” Hamstra also commented on the involvement of Trinity students. “I was proud of the way Trinity students interacted with the visiting kids. They were incredible ambassadors.”

Participating schools at the 16th annual festival, included: Calvin Christian, South Holland, Illinois; Chicago West Side Christian, Chicago; Christian Hills, Orland Hills, Illinois; Crown Point Christian, Crown Point, Indiana; Daystar, Chicago; DeMotte Christian, DeMotte, Indiana; Highland Christian, Highland, Indiana; Lansing Christian, Lansing, Illinois; Roseland Christian, Chicago; Southwest Christian, Oak Lawn, Illinois; Southwest Christian, Tinley Park, Illinois; Timothy Christian, Elmhurst, Illinois; and Westminster Christian, Elgin, Illinois.

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