Author Visit


An Evening of Professional Development
with Author/Illustrator
Author of DInosaur Train
Illustrator of A to Z Mysteries and Others

Boley Elementary - Conference Room
2213 Cypress St. West Monroe, LA 71291  Ph: 387-7378
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Snacks and Refreshments Provided

The Northeast Louisiana Reading Council has secured WalMart grants that were written by Past President Kathy O'Neal to fund an Author's Evening with author Dee Scallan and 10 year old illustrator Daniel. Dee and Daniel will travel to school districts across northeast Louisiana to present reading strategies that included parental involvement. School district that participated in literacy activities this past year will host Dee and Daniel for an evening of entertainment that includes activities for parents, students and teachers.
On Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, Dee and Daniel began the tour by autographing books at WalMart in Oak Grove to promote the Parental Involvement Evening at the West Carroll Media Center on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 6-7PM.
Other districts and contact person included:

Richland-Shelly Crawford

From Catahoula-Sharon Gilmore
Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to have Dee in Catahoula parish.
We were very pleased with the parent response to Dee’s visit.  I think the selling point for parents was the opportunity to see their children participate in her presentation.  Also, the points Dee made on literacy to the parents after the children returned to their classes were well received by the parents as evidenced by their comments and questions to Dee.
Membership materials were made available at the registration table and also were presented verbally to the group.  Parents were encouraged to join our organization.  Some parents said they intended to visit the web site.
As a rural, impoverished district, we delight in ANY opportunity to expose our students to the importance of literacy and sound education.  To see a “local” author and student illustrator bring their work to life was such a rewarding experience for our students.

Monroe City-Mary Moncrief
Ouachita-Sarah McDaniels
Morehouse-Peggy Horton
West Carroll-Kathy O'Neal

For more information contact:
Kathy O'Neal  

Dee's other recent presentations:
Dee Scallan's Schedules:
Schools we have done presentations:----- -----
Drew Elem.  Dec. and March-----West Monroerom: dee A. E. Phillips Dec. and March----Ruston
Cedar Creek Dec. and March--Ruston
Hillcrest Elem. Dec. and March---Ruston
Trinity Methodist-----Dec. and March--Ruston

Wildflower Montessori--------Ruston          
River Oaks Dec. and March---Monroe
Claiborne Elem. Dec. and March
Calhoun Elem.----Calhoun
Good Shepard Dec. and March
The Learning Tech. Dec. and March---Monroe
Parkview Baptist School Dec. and March---Baton Rouge
Calvary Baptist School--Baton Rouge
St. George Catholic School---Dec.
Oak Grove Elem.---Baton Rouge
Tallulah  Academy---Tallulah
Grace Episcopal--Monroe
St. Jude Catholic School---Baton Rouge
ULM Child Developmental Center---Monroe
Central Elem.--Calhoun
Summerfield Elem.--Claiborne Parish
Kiroli Elem.----West Monroe
To be given presentation:
Richland Parish Schools
Union Parish Schools
Tallulah Elem.---Tallulah
Wright Elem.--Tallulah
Eunice Academy--Eunice

In 2004-2005, Richland, Morehouse, West Carroll, Ouachita, and Franklin parish schools will host an author. Grants provided by WalMart will help fund the event. Authors are being scheduled presently. Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Winner Mike Artell and local children's author Cindy Foust are scheduled during the month of October.
If you are an interested author or educator that would like to be involved, contact President Kathy O'Neal at mrsoneal@yahoo.com for more information.
Author Cindy Foust's Schedule of Schools in the NELRC's region:

October 3rd -   Oak Grove Elementary

October 11th  - Winnsboro Elementary (9:00)
                Franklin Academy (1:00)

October 18th -  Fiske Union

November 3rd -  Pioneer Elementary (9:00)
                Goodwill Elementary (1:00)

November 8th -  Holly Ridge Elem(Tenative, Mrs. Corbett to call back)

November 15th - Mangham Elementary (9:00)
                Delhi Elementary (1:00)

**Gilbert - Sandy McClary wants me to come after 1st of year and will
call me back.

**Morehouse Parish - I got Mrs. Horton everything she needed and she
had to make a presentation at a meeting and will call me to start

**Lisa Cheek scheduled everyone in Richland Parish except Rayville
Elementary and I have already read to them.

**I only have Epps, Forest and Kilbourne to get scheduled.

Monroe/Jackson trip
October 5 – 9, 2004
Office phone: 985.875.9413
Cell phone: 985.789.3423

Tuesday 9/5 I drive to Monroe and check into the Jameson Inn.
(318) 361-0750       213 Constitution Dr     West Monroe, LA 71292
I’ll stay there Tuesday night and Wednesday night

Wednesday 9/6 I’ll be at Central Elementary School all day. My contact is the principal, Nancy Smith. Phone: 318 644.5842

Thursday 9/7 I’ll be at Boley Elementary School all day. My contact is the principal, Curtis Pate.  Phone: 318 387-7378

Thursday afternoon I’ll drive to Jackson, MS and check into the Cabot Lodge Hotel.
Phone: (601) 948-8650 or  800 874-4737

Friday 9/8 I’ll be at Madison Middle School all day. My contact is Be’Be’ Schelver. Phone 601 605-4171.

Friday afternoon I drive back to Monroe and check into the Residence Inn.
4960 Milhaven Road, Monroe, LA   71203  Phone: 318 387-0210

Saturday 9/9 I speak at 10 AM to the Northeast Louisiana Reading Council at the University of Louisiana – Monroe in Strauss 148. My contact is Kathy O’Neal. A book signing follows my presentation.

Saturday afternoon I drive back to Covington.

In January 2004, Jerry Pallotta presented at three Ouachita parish schools and then held an Evening with the Author sponsored by NLRC. Over 44 educators and parents attended, purchased autographed books, and enjoyed refreshments after listening to Jerry's excellent presentation.

In September 2003, the NLRC sponsored Prelude to Pathways with authors Tommy Thomasson and Mary Beth Sampson. These tremendous speakers received glowing evaluations from educators attending the event at the University of Louisiana in Monroe.

The NELRC plans to use as many local authors as possible as well as others desiring to participate. Children's authors are encouraged to send a brief resume including a biography and history of prior speaking engagements. See mrsoneal@yahoo.com for more information. 

Educators may participate in the Author's Visit by helping to increase their parishes' membership for the 2004-2005 school year. NELRC membership begins July 1-June 30. The deadline for increasing membership is July 1, 2005. Morehouse and Richland parishes have increased their membership the most during the 2003-2004 school year. Ms. Peggy Horton and Ms. Lisa Cheek are to be commended for "getting the word out" about NELRC. There are also too many others to name in these parishes that have also worked to increase their membership. Super Job Morehouse and Richland. Grants were received from Franklin, West Carroll, and Ouachita to provide the Author's Visit for those parishes also.

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