Bodley’s First Author Visit Makes Powerful Impact

FULTON – G. Ray Bodley High School recently welcomed Liza Wiemer for it’s first-ever author visit.

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Students intensely listen to author Liza Wiemer during her recent G. Ray Bodley High School visit, which was the first of its kind for GRB.

Library media specialist Wendy Scalfaro offered up the library for the entire day on April 5 so Wiemer could host workshops with teachers and students on “The Power of Storytelling” and “The Unique You.”

In the teacher work group, Wiemer had a simple message: the impact of their words can make or break a student’s day.

Words can determine success and, more importantly, self-worth, she said. Building on that self-esteem can help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills.

Students visited Wiemer during their English language arts classes and an after-school writing workshop.

Wiemer shared her www.ihopeyouforgiveme.com project where students or anyone may leave an anonymous story forgiving someone, releasing them of their burdens.

Expressions of kindness and empathy were woven throughout her GRB discussions, where she greeted each student as they entered the room.

It was there she expanded on her self-worth theme.

Referencing her new realistic fiction book, “Hello?” Wiemer shared of her most important writing tips: one hello can change a life and one hello can save a life.

Taking control of one’s life will allow them to truly understand their values and be able to open up to expose their character’s values in their writing.

Students completed a writing exercise of what their most important possession is, but Weimer ripped up the papers and said the only thing people have control over is their name.

They left the workshop with one rhetorical question from Wiemer: “Are you the author of your story or is someone else?”

Each student who attended one of Wiemer’s sessions was entered into a drawing for one of four copies of “Hello?” that Wiemer autographed and annotated.

Winners were: Ronde Wood, Jeremy Herlowski, Caleb Logan and Mona Otvos.

Wiemer encouraged other students to visit Scalfaro in the library media center to check out that book of hers and others.

The visit was brought to GRB by the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s Arts-in-Education program.