Renowned Author to Visit Okemos Elementary Schools

OKEMOS, MI – February 16, 2010 -   The Okemos Education Foundation (OEF) and Summit Community Bank are pleased to co-sponsor the 2010 Okemos Public School’s Author Visit.  For many years, Okemos elementary students have had the opportunity to meet and talk with authors and illustrators.  This year’s visit features renowned Michigan author Patricia Polacco.


Polacco, author and illustrator of over 47 children’s books,  will visit all six Okemos elementary schools from February 23 – 26  to share with students the real life stories that inspired her books such as Meteor!, The Keeping Quilt, and Thank You, Mr. Falker. She will inspire and entertain students with stories about her family, her heroes and her triumph overcoming learning disabilities.

This marks the second year that the OEF has partnered with Summit Community Bank to sponsor the author visit. “The Okemos Education Foundation’s strength and vision is a perfect example of what makes Okemos such an innovative and enticing place to live, work, and raise a family, “ said Summit Community Bank Market Manager Adam Goss. “As a community banker and lifelong resident of Okemos, I am proud of Summit Community Bank’s commitment to the OEF and the families and businesses that make our community great.”

“Each year the author visit is a highlight and tremendous learning experience for students and the OEF is grateful for Summit Community Bank’s partnership in support of a program that benefits each and every elementary student in Okemos Public Schools, “said Dean Bolton, OEF’s chair.

The Okemos Education Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit volunteer organization that has partnered with the school district since 1984. The OEF provides grants for programs and activities designed to promote academic excellence and innovation as well as hosting the annual OEF Awards banquet honoring outstanding teachers and staff of Okemos Public Schools.

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