Best-selling children’s book author and illustrator, Patricia Polacco visited with students at elementary schools this past week. On her day at Collins Elementary School, she told the story of the “Meteor” and “The Keeping Quilt.” While she was at Collins, she not only told stories, but she shared valuable life lessons with the students. Some of the things she told them were, “You were always born with the power to change people. You change people with love, understanding, kindness and patience. You can’t change people on a wish.” She inspired students to grow their hearts. “You kids are going to unlock the keys to the universe,” she said, “You have what it takes. My wish for you today is that you will be creatures of light. You’ll rise up! You’ll be on fire, and you’ll turn your lives into something amazing. If you believe you can do it; no one can derail you.” She further talked with the students about her own disabilities. She told students to always be kind to everyone and that they will never regret being kind.
Following her presentation with each grade, she also made some time with representatives from the Collins’ student senate. During this intimate meeting and interview, the students were able to ask her additional questions about inspiration for her books, the writing and publishing process, her childhood, and much more.