Earlier this year, Roosevelt freshmen got the chance to interact with one of their favorite authors. Thanks to the Roosevelt Foundation, Des Moines Public Schools, and Beaverdale Books, New York Times Bestselling Author Nic Stone came to the school and spoke to all of the freshman students, then met with a smaller group for more discussion. Ms. Stone is a Spelman College graduate with experience mentoring teens and living abroad, and strives to reflect diverse voices and cultures in her writing. Her debut novel, Dear Martin, tackles race relations in America from the viewpoint of talented student Justyce McAllister, a teen trying to reconcile Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings with the reality of life as an African-American youth in the 21st century.
“Our students were ecstatic to have this opportunity!” said Lindsey Smith, Roosevelt English teacher.
The Foundation helped pay for Ms. Stone’s appearance so that the students might have this experience.Would you like to support opportunities like these for Roosevelt students? Please contact the Foundation to learn how you can make a difference!