Yesterday (May 26, 2021), students at Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Kensington, MD had the opportunity to meet a "famous author" Linda Elovitz Marshall, during a virtual author visit. Ms. Marshall is the author of Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris, a bi-lingual Spanish-English book that was featured as part of the 4th Noyes StoryWalk® at Capitol View-Homewood Park, adjacent to Oakland Terrace.
Located just outside the Capital Beltway and just a few miles from Washington, D.C., Oakland Terrace serves a diverse population of students from all over the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Oakland Terrace has a Two-Way Language Immersion program (Spanish-English) and is a Maryland Green School.
During the virtual author visit, Ms. Marshall shared her journey to becoming a writer later in life and her inspiration for writing Rainbow Weaver, answered a range of insightful student questions, and emphasized the importance of "writing your story." Students were thrilled to meet a "famous author," and Marshall was thrilled to be there. Marshall left the kids with the following message:
"I hope the kids will follow up with some of their own writing. Maybe they’ll each get a notebook or jot their ideas in a phone. It’s important to capture ideas and feelings. By writing, we can hold onto our feelings... without having our feelings take control of us.
Writing has always been an important part of my life, even when I wasn’t an “official” writer. It’s not getting published that’s important; it’s telling our stories. And we all have stories." Linda Elovitz Marshall, www.lindamarshall.com
The Rainbow Weaver StoryWalk® and virtual author visit were a collaboration between Noyes Children's Library Foundation, Oakland Terrace Elementary School, and the OTES PTA.