Award-winning author visits Greenville school and encourages reading and writing

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – Keeping kids interested in reading isn’t always easy. This is where a non-profit organization comes in, with the simple goal of getting books into the hands of students.

WITN stopped by a Greenville classroom on Wednesday where students were introduced to an author based right here in East Carolina.

“We always tell our kids that if you can read, you can do anything,” said Angie Miller, media coordinator at Greenville South Elementary.

What she said is true. An interest in reading is something schools always try to inspire in students, and Greenville South Elementary’s Grade 4 and 5 students spent Wednesday morning finding inspiration to do just that.

Sheila Turnage, an award-winning author, spoke to students about her book The Isle of Spies. Based on events of World War II with fictional characters, the book takes place on Hatteras Island.

“I love being able to cheer them on and say, look, I live in Farmville, and if I can write a book like this and it does it well, you can write a book,” Turnage said.

Each student was able to take their own copy home, thanks to First Bank of Greenville and a non-profit organization called Authors in Moore Schools, started by Angie Tally.

“You have it, you own it, and owning a book inspires, encourages pride in books,” Tally said.

Tally is also employed at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines.

This is at a time when schools are trying to catch up.

“After the pandemic years, we didn’t have as much exposure in libraries,” Miller said. “They weren’t borrowing as many books. So it’s kind of a very open year. Everyone comes back, and the more exposed they are, the further they will go.

It’s about exposing the next generation to the importance, but also the fun of learning.

We spoke to a few students who said they enjoyed the presentation. They affectionately held their new books.

“I heard about World War II and I got to see what their houses were like,” said Grade 4 student Laderek Howard.

“I’m so happy I can read it, and when I’m done I’ll give it to my big sister because she loves to read books,” said 4th grader Corday Powell.

The non-profit organization Authors in Moore Schools is based in Moore County. He decided to expand into more areas to help open doors for more students. That’s what brought them to Greenville on Wednesday.

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