Students hear ‘That Darn Donkey’ reading presentation

More than 100 attended a presentation on Tuesday, March 12, by Louanne Johnson on her book titled “That Darn Donkey!” which is based on a true story about a burro named Pardo.

The author explained a packed room of children and adults at Warren Area Elementary Center (WAEC) how she decided on her pen name, Alyce Shirleydaughter. While relaying stories about her own trials and tribulations of being a student, Johnson gave examples about how sometimes it takes some children longer to process a question and come up with an answer. She presented ways one can achieve at their own pace. Not only did children delight in her mesmerizing reading and comical “hee-haws,” but parents, teachers and children were educated about “light sensitivity” learning issues, as well as how important reading can be for one’s future. She encouraged young and old readers to keep looking and not give up on finding their own kind of books to read. Students and adults had many laughs listening to Johnson’s animated and captivating talk.

The Warren PTO (which includes WAEC, South Street Early Learning Center and the sixth grade of Beaty Warren Middle School) held a formal meeting prior to the presentation announcing that the WAEC fund-raiser items can be picked up at WAEC during the Ice Cream Social/Book Fair Event on Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. The SSELC fundraiser items will be picked up in the afternoon of March 18 at SSELC.