Vearsa is proud to have "adopted" one of our local schools, St Columba’s BNS in Douglas, via an IT@cork initiative. What does it mean when a technology company adopts a primary school? Well, to date, our CTO has met with the school to advise on technology options for their new school building, our engineering team helped set up a CoderDoJo, and we're compiling the creative writing projects of the first class students into a high quality ebook.
In celebration of World Book Day this year, our client Mercier Press graciously helped us arrange a special event with E.R. Murray, author of The Book of Learning, who spoke to the boys from 5th and 6th class.
The Book of Learning has been chosen for the 2016 Citywide Reading for Children Campaign run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council's Libraries Services. This is the first book in a trilogy by the West Cork based author.
Here’s the book trailer:
Students and faculty alike dressed up as book characters for the occasion--including the Principal as The Cat in The Hat. Murray delighted the crowd with excerpts from her book and an enlightening conversation about reading and writing. She spoke about how she gets her inspiration, writing down ideas in hundreds of different notebooks, and great stories from her travels around the world.
"World Book Day is a highlight on my calendar and I was delighted to be able to spend it with a group of such engaged and interested boys who displayed an obvious love and respect for reading. The costumes, the questions, the laughter – exactly how a day about books should be!" said Murray.
A hundred and ten 11-12 year old boys should be a tough audience, but Murray had them eating out of her hand, with plenty of gory and gruesome details that went down a treat. (Did you know that ZOMBIE RATS are actually a real thing?)
In the space of 10 minutes at the end, using a simple green hat as their inspiration, Murray and the students came up with the outline of a brilliant story about a Gardener called Jeff, a grass cutting hero who must battle with an evil witch to stop her and her army of grass people from taking over the world. (Watch out for it on the bestseller list!)
Vearsa sponsored a pile of books to do some giveaways, and 10 delighted boys walked away with signed copies of her books to thundering applause following the draw from the Cat in the Hat’s hat.
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