Miller School of Albemarle

Service Group Works With Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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Every spring Charlottesville, Virginia hosts one of the biggest book festivals in the country—a five day event that draws an audience of over 22,000 book lovers.  Last year 345 authors, including noted writers such as Lee Smith, Elizabeth Strout, and Nikki Giovanni, read from their works and met with their fans at the Virginia Festival of the Book.

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to stage an event of this scale, and this year Miller School students are helping out.  Every other Wednesday afternoon, four students volunteer with the Festival’s parent organization, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  These students are eighth grader Andy (Charlottesville, VA), junior Chase (Morehead City, NC), and seniors Grace (Charlottesville, VA) and Tori (Richmond, VA).  English teacher Steve Knepper is the service group’s faculty sponsor.

The service group has contributed to festival preparations in a number of ways.  Students have distributed promotional bookmarks to stores throughout the Charlottesville area.  They have helped festival administrators enter data and sort materials.  They have even read book submissions and helped to decide whether or not they should be accepted into the festival!

In short, it has been an excellent opportunity for Miller students to learn about event organization, promotion, and planning.  Even more importantly, it has been an opportunity for them to serve their community and one of the most important cultural events in the state of Virginia.

Written by Miller School of Albemarle

January 14, 2011 at 10:43 AM

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