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Author Visits Oswego School

Author of young adult, picture books appeared as part of the “One Author One School” program.

Author Steven Layne visited Oswego School District on April 24. Credit: Oswego School District 308
Author Steven Layne visited Oswego School District on April 24. Credit: Oswego School District 308
From Oswego School District 308:

Author Steven Layne, who has published teen/young adult books as well as picture books, visited Southbury Elementary School on Thursday, April 24. 

The students enjoyed the day learning about Steven’s literature and the process of getting a book published. At the end of the day, there was a surprise assembly in which Layne presented the school with a $500 donation to go towards Southbury’s next chosen author for their “One Author One School” program. 

In addition, Layne announced that he has dedicated his next book to someone he admires for her dedication to ignite the passion to learn and to her students, Principal Lindsay Allen.

The “One Author One School” program is a yearlong, in-depth study of a well-known Illinois author that allows students exposure to a variety of genres. Writing and reading lessons are designed to incorporate the featured author’s works. At the end of the school year, students are treated to a visit by the author and each student receives an autographed copy of one of the author’s books. 

This marks Southbury’s second year of successfully teaching with the “One Author One School” program. 

Layne is the author of teen/young adult books such as "Paradise Lost" and "Mergers," as well as picture books including "W is for Windy City," "Share with Brother" and "Number 1 Teacher."
Mike Francis May 05, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Let's tell the full story here. It sounds as if the school benefited by this $500. Mr. Layne's appearance fees are between $1,700-$3,000 depending on expenses according to his website. I have no problem with him charging, because he runs a private business. I don't what he was paid for this appearance, but if you are going to mention a donation from him the you also need to mention what it cost taxpayers for him to appear. But this is the school district, so supplying misleading information about the expenses involved is to be expected. The other recent article talking about hiring new teachers at 'no cost' is similarly misleading.
BNEH May 05, 2014 at 11:04 PM
What a crazy thought that educating children costs money! Finding a way to excite an entire school to read and write is well worth whatever Dr. Layne charges.
Mike Francis May 06, 2014 at 12:54 AM
My comment referenced the fact that the author was noting the $500 donation while completely ignoring the cost to obtain that donation. And after $800 million dollars in debt, I think this district has already spent plenty of money.

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