Lights … camera … action! These are only a few of the words spoken by W.L. Parks Middle School students as they videotaped renowned storybook author Evelyn Coleman during a recent school visit. Parks sixth-graders have teamed up with the Auburn Avenue Research Library under the auspices of library program division manager Morris Garner. The students have currently been learning how to video document famous Atlantans for a video documentary piece that details the Pittsburgh community. The school invited Ms. Coleman to read storybook passages, answered questions and chronicled her life as a writer. The noted author has written more than 35 best seller storybooks for children.
Coleman is also a Parents Choice Honor Book Award winner who is best known for writing the following children books: The Freedom Train, The Riches of Oseola McCarty, To Be a Drum and White Socks. Parks students interviewed and videotaped the author responses to questions that will be inclusive of a community documentary piece. Parks teacher Jocelyn Johnson continues to prepare the students for visits as she assists them with Internet research and literary projects in preparation for a visit from local spoken-word artist Reed Dorty.
The Pittsburgh student documentary project will be completed in late April. The documentary will premiere at both the Auburn Avenue Research Library and Parks Middle School gymnasium.