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Scholarship of Community Application, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


The Children’s/Young Adult Author Committee at Olivet Nazarene University received a $2500 Community Engagement Grant from the university. Because of this grant, the university hosted Tim Green, a former NFL football player who is now authoring books of primary interest to fourth through eighth graders. The success of this grant is difficult to measure, but in numbers, more than 3200 4th - 8th grade students and their teachers attended his speaking events during his two day visit. Green autographed more than 400 books for the attendees. Regarding reading motivation, area teachers have and still are reporting students, boys in particular, who in the past have never read a whole book, but when the teachers give them one of Tim Green’s books, they return and ask for more of his books to read. The Children’s/Young Adult Author Committee plans to continue bringing authors of quality literature to the community.