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Childrens book author Patricia Polacco comes to McKinney

Childrens book author Patricia Polacco comes to McKinney

World-renowned children’s book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco will visit Texas for the first time as she plans a weeklong trip to McKinney where she will visit eight McKinney ISD elementary school campuses.

Polacco will begin her school tour at Burks Elementary on Wednesday, September 15 and Johnson Elementary on Thursday, September 16, followed by Wilmeth Elementary on Friday. She plans to stay the weekend in McKinney before visiting Walker Elementary on Monday, September 20, Eddins Elementary on Tuesday, September 21, McClure Elementary on Wednesday, and Glen Oaks Elementary on Thursday. Her final campus visit will be at McNeil Elementary on Friday, September 24.

“We started the process to have her visit five years ago,” said Pam Bendorf, principal of Burks Elementary. “We’ve been waiting so long for our students to meet her and to share her experiences with them. We are so lucky to have her visit and especially fortunate to have this much time to spend with such an accomplished author.”
 
In addition to reading to the students, Polacco will be entertained by campus teachers as they serve celebrated food items from a few of her famous books such as fried chicken from Chicken Sunday, lemonade from the book The Lemonade Club, and her famous thunder cake from the book properly named Thunder Cake.
 
In addition to her school visits, on September 22, McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller will proclaim the week as “Patricia Polacco Week” in McKinney.
 
Polacco has authored over 50 children’s picture books including her book Thank You, Mr. Falker which retells her personal story of overcoming dyslexia with the help of a caring school teacher who recognized she was unable to read when she was 14 years old. She has authored The Keeping Quilt, Some Birthday, Firetalking, Pink and Say, I Can Hear The Sun: A Modern Myth, Mrs. Mack, Welcome Comfort, Betty Doll, The Graves Family, John Phillip Duck, Emma Kate, Mommies Say Shh, and many more.
 
“I have enjoyed a wonderful career of writing books for children,” says Polacco on her website. “Who could have guessed that little girl that was having such a tough time in school would end up an illustrator and author. Children and adults alike ask me where I get my ideas...I get them from the same place that you do....MY IMAGINATION.”

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TEA Approves Waiver Days Due to Bad Weather

The Texas Education Agency approved a waiver to excuse students from making up four out of the six days lost due to inclement weather this winter.  The majority of school districts in North Dallas were affected by snow and ice causing dangerous road conditions.  Students will only be required to make up two of the six days, which will occur on McKinney ISD's previously scheduled bad weather make-up days (April 22, 2011 and May 20, 2011).

‘B’ for Boisterous: Community Teams Compete in McKinney Education Foundation’s Spelling Bee for Scholarships

‘B’ for Boisterous: Community Teams Compete in McKinney Education Foundation’s Spelling Bee for Scholarships

McKinney, Texas – Watching a typical Spelling Bee is about as exciting as watching paint dry, but last Thursday, Emcee Colin Wells (the host of McKinney Education Television) did a fabulous job of setting the tone for the event which was energetic, to say the least. Supporters dressed up in team colors and costumes; “clapped” their MEF clappers and cheered on their team’s spellers in rowdy fashion.  As the first team used a mulligan to pass a difficult word on to another team, it was made apparent that the idea of a nice ‘friendly competition’ had been thrown out onto the Eldorado Country Club Golf green. 

All the teams put up a great fight, but it was the Radical Reciters (sponsored by Raytheon and whose fans won the Spirit Stick) and the Mathsters of the Universe team (sponsored by Parker Mathematics Consulting) who were neck-and-neck up until the bitter end. Ultimately, Mathsters of the Universe (Phil Parker, Pastor Tommy Brumett, Mark David) prevailed, but Raytheon is already talking about a re-match in 2012.

After the Bee, MEF Executive Director, Melanie Perkins observed, “What an exciting way to raise money for MEF! In its first year back, it looks like our Bee for Scholarships will bring in close to $14,000. We are so grateful to our sponsors and everyone who participated; we can’t wait to do it again next year!” 

Additional participating teams: McKinney Council Literates sponsored by City of McKinney; McKinney Fire Department sponsored by First United Bank/Minnis Family Endowment; McKinney Chamber Wired Wordsmiths sponsored by Encore Wire; I Bee Spellers sponsored by Independent Bank; The LitiGators sponsored by Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C.; A+ Orthographers sponsored by Academics Plus; Sunrise Rotary Flag Waver Spellers sponsored by Sunrise Rotary ; The Defending Champs sponsored by Samaritan Inn; Sperry Spellers sponsored by Neil Sperry’s Gardens Magazine; Cool Cats in the Hats (with their Eyes on the Prize) sponsored by Heritage Eye Center. Event Sponsors: Luncheon Sponsor: Gay, McCall, Issacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C.; Elimination Gong Sponsor: Nissan of McKinney/McKinney Buick GMC; Centerpiece Sponsor: A Twist of Lime Floral Design, Audience Spell Sponsor: LegacyTexas Bank, and Audience Spell Prize donated by Sharla’s Boutique.

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