By EARTHA TERRELL
Dobbins Elementary School students and staff walked away with a greater appreciation for literacy after award-winning author Dandi Daley-Mackall visited the school and discussed her experiences as a writer Oct. 24.
“Our students and staff were thrilled to have an award-winning author spend the day at Dobbins. She inspired us all with her stories and experiences that moved her to write such outstanding books,” said principal Cheryl Borvitcky.
Children experienced a day of humor, excitement and learning as Mackall candidly opened up about her life experiences that inspired her to write several of her books.
She welcomed students to ask questions and encouraged her young audience members to pursue their goals, whether it be in writing or otherwise.
“It’s so fun for me just as much as much as the kids. They have what the rest of us have to recapture. I see the freshness of kids and how they have great ideas and if they can develop a habit of writing, it can help them remember what goes on their lives. There’s something about stories that reach people,” Mackall said.
Mackall also signed books and told read stories. Students held on to her every word and showed their appreciation with a standing ovation when the presentation was complete.
“She was awesome. I liked her stories and how she put the details in them. She was very entertaining and I had fun,” said fourth-grader Anna Simeon.