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To Light the World: Stories of Hope & Courage for Challenging Times

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Columbia Point (map)

A Conference for School Librarians and Teachers of Grades 3 - 8

Presented by the JFK National Historic Site and the JFK Library and Museum April 3, 2014

When bad news dominates the headlines and children are bombarded with frightening images from streaming media, we find ourselves looking for ways to explain and reassure. In these times, stories of hope, courage and resilience can offer an inspirational counterbalance—providing children with examples of people facing difficulties head-on and taking action to make things better.

The program features conversations with award-winning authors Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Walter Dean Myers, Doreen Rappaport, and a plenary session with author and artist Suzy Becker whose book Kids Make it Better is inspiring young people to make a difference. Afternoon workshops include: launching a service learning project, engaging teens in reflective writing, introducing young learners to world issues, and using text sets to explore themes of hope and courage.


Conference brochure and registration form

Later Event: April 3
Bled for Boston