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Author Alane Adams Visits

Thousands of Lake County students from Transitional-Kindergarten (TK) through 8th grade participated in high energy assemblies with author Alane Adams.

Last fall, after hearing about the Mendocino Complex fire, Adams reached out to Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools. Adams wanted to give back to Lake County by offering 2-3 school visits to the fire-affected schools. When Adams realized that every Lake County school district had been impacted by at least one wildland fire over the last few years, she offered to visit as many schools as she could fit into her schedule.

Adams performed at 20 assemblies, in 12 schools, in each of Lake County’s six school districts during the week of January 28 – February 1, 2019. Adams said she was so busy that she often missed lunch.

Carly Swatosh, Education Specialist with the Lake County Office of Education, coordinated the visits. Swatosh said, “Alane is the kindest human. We just wish there were more hours in the day so she could have visited every school in Lake County.”

Each student also received a grade-appropriate book written by Adams. Young adult readers received one of the books from her “Legends of Orkney” fantasy mythology series. The younger students received one of Adam’s picture books based on her father’s life during the depression.

In addition to the fun, high-energy assemblies, Adams in partnership with First Book, is donating $3,500 to each Lake County school district to purchase books from First Book’s online marketplace.  The Lake County Office of Education preschools will receive $3,000 to spend on books for their eight (8) locations.

Adam’s also donated a complete set of her books to the libraries of each school visited. Over 3,500 books were donated to Lake County students and schools last week courtesy of Adams, the Rise Up Foundation, and First Book.

Adams created the Rise Up Foundation to impact the lives of children through the power of reading by supporting, funding, and helping create innovative and traditional literacy-based projects. More information can be found at riseupfoundation.org.

First Book is a non-profit social enterprise committed to elevating educational opportunities for children in need. More information can be found at firstbook.org.