Sisters, Oregon – Lois Brandt, author of the children’s book Maddi’s Fridge, will be visiting Sisters Elementary School and Sisters Christian Academy on March 9 and 10 thanks in part to a grant from the Sisters based Roundhouse Foundation.
The 2014 children’s book is a story about friendship with a deeper discussion of childhood hunger from a young person’s perspective. The book and author were chosen to coincide with a kick-off of the first ever Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive at Sisters Elementary School.
“I read the book last year to my kids and loved it,” says Roundhouse Foundation trustee Erin Borla. “I knew this was a story that we could tie into some of the great things our schools were doing and other things happening in the community. It all came together when I discovered the author did site visits. Back in November, we began discussions with the Elementary School, Ms. Brandt and the Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank. I am really looking forward to the culmination of this collaborative community project in the next few weeks.”
Brandt will visit Sisters Elementary School on Wednesday, March 9 and present at an all-school assembly followed by a series of writing workshops with each grade level. The
following day, Brandt will present at Sisters Christian Academy with a similar schedule. Each school will host a food drive as a part of her visit. Brandt’s travel expenses and a portion of her site visit cost has been covered by a grant from the Roundhouse Foundation. In addition, FivePine Lodge and Conference Center has provided lodging.
Brandt’s book, Maddi’s Fridge, has received numerous accolades including the winner of the 2015 International Literacy Association Primary Fiction Award, a 2014 Christopher Award Winner, 2014 Top Mighty Girl Book for Younger Readers, a 2015 Mitten Honor Book and more.
“Paige Bently-Flannery at the Sisters Branch of the Deschutes Public Library has been a huge help,” says Borla. “She has developed lists of other books that are similar to Brandt’s book in content and in style so that students may continue learning after Brandt’s visit.”
For families with students at both the Sisters Elementary School and Sisters Christian Academy, Brandt’s book is available for pre-order through Paulina Springs Books. If students bring their copy to the school the day of Brandt’s visit, there will be allotted time in the authors day where she will privately sign copies and books will be returned to students. It is suggested that families pre-order books by Thursday, March 3 in order to have them in time for her visit.
“March’s character trait of the month is compassion,” says SES principal Becky Stoughton. “Having Ms. Brandt here to help us not only discuss her great book but also work with our teachers and students on writing workshops will be a wonderful experience.”
The SES Peanut Butter and Jelly (and all kid-friendly foods) drive kicks off on Wednesday, March 9 and runs through March 18. The Sisters Christian Academy is also doing a food drive. Donations for each drive can be dropped at the respective school to be delivered to the Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank.
For more information on Lois Brandt and Maddi’s Fridge please visit www.LoisBrandt.com. Maddi’s Fridge is available for checkout at the Deschutes Public Library.
The Roundhouse Foundation is a Sisters based private foundation with a simple and straightforward application process. The Foundation’s goals are to fund collaborative, community projects that celebrate the arts and heighten community awareness in areas including the arts, environment, social services, and community leadership. For more information on the Roundhouse Foundation visit www.RoundhouseFoundation.org.