November 7, 2019

Building on the success of last year’s all school read of Refugee at Kent, Library teachers Rebecca Jelen and Susan Warnick joined forces this year to bring an all-district read to the Kentfield Schools this year. This is truly a unique experience for our entire community that I have never seen brought to this level of execution in any district where I’ve worked.

William Kamkwamba’s remarkable memoir, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, has now been read or heard throughout the district at whatever the reader’s level of maturity. Picture book, young reader, and adult versions of this deeply moving story have set the stage for the next three aspects of immersing ourselves in this book.

Next Friday evening, there will be a screening of the film based on the book in the Kent MP Room from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is free, and pizza and snacks will be sold. This film has been rated ages 12 and up by Common Sense Media (it is based on the adult version of the book). Therefore, parental discretion is advised for students in grades 5 and below. 

The following day, all students are invited to a Kid Wind Maker Day in the Kent MP Room from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will build windmills that generate electricity, pump water, and move things. And, finally, on November 21, William Kamkwamba himself will visit Bacich and Kent and speak to our students. 

Thanks to Ms. Jelen, Ms. Warnick, KSPTA, kik, and so many others for making this outstanding lineup of learning opportunities a reality in our district. 

Liz Schott