Author connects with students at Lamar Elementary

Author connects with students at Lamar Elementary
The biography of a deaf baseball player who brings sign language into the sport taught the students many lessons. (SOURCE: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Author Nancy Churnin shared her book ‘The William Hoy Story’ with students at Lamar Elementary on Friday, having a significant impact on students in Lamar’s Deaf Education program.

The biography highlights a deaf baseball player who brings sign language into the sport, which taught the students many lessons.

“That is one of the things that our community, our kids need to learn is that you can do whatever you set out to do," said Lamar Elementary Librarian Andrea Keller. "You only fail if you don’t try.”

As Nancy discussed her book, translators signed her inspirational words so that all students could be apart of the story.

“A lot of them were smiling. A lot of them, you know, she would ask questions and they could respond and they really liked engaging with her,” said Amy Hansen, Lamar Elementary music teacher.

Students at Lamar have read many of Churnin’s books and were thrilled to interact with her virtually.

“You know, they just enjoy hearing a good story and what I love about being a librarian is that when they hear these stories, they just want to learn more,” said Keller.

Although the students didn’t meet Churnin in person, the school hopes to eventually have her meet the students face-to-face.

“I am hoping to get Nancy here to Amarillo. I am working with Barnes and Nobel to see if we could host her together and get her here to let the kids meet her in person,” said Keller.

Overall, students learned many lessons from ‘The William Hoy Story’, including that despite any disability, you can achieve your dreams.

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