Fort Collins author Mark Hoog speaks with Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District elementary students
January 21, 2015
Elementary school students throughout Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District got the chance to think about their dreams and how to make them goals as Fort Collins author Mark Hoog spoke with them.
At schools around the district Monday and Tuesday, the author met with students at assemblies to talk about his children's books, which he described as philosophy books for kids, and the life views and advice he wrote about.
He got students involved in his presentations, asking them questions and having them cheer and roar during call-and-response sections. But mostly he challenged each of them to give their dreams a deadline and start working toward them "today."
Having a guest speaker like Hoog speak with students can help in a couple of ways, Mountain View Elementary School Principal Michelle Bigler said Monday when Hoog visited the school.
"It helps to inspire our students and to give them that positive message about learning and leadership and being a good citizen," she said.
Students also get to see that local people have written books and have taken skills they learned in school and applied them to their careers, Bigler said. In Hoog's case he's showing students how he has used what he learned in school.
"We want kids to know that as well because the writing skills that we're teaching and the communications skills and the leadership skills, those are all things that can be used in their futures," she said.
Hoog also drove that point home. He had all the students repeat after him, "Everything I will someday be, I am today becoming," and told them to start working toward their goals right away.
Each year the elementary school principals and the district's elementary parent teacher advisory committee organize something special and educational for the students, Bigler said.
This year Mountain View Elementary School took the lead and, with the help of corporate sponsorship from Front Range Energy, was able to bring Hoog to schools across the district and a public presentation Tuesday night, as well.