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Georgia children’s author donates to south Fulton charter school
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February 28, 2013 01:09 PM | 2521 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy recently donated $1,600 to The Main Street Academy, a K-8 Fulton County charter school. The donation was earmarked as seed money to enrich reading resources for the academy’s growing library.

Academy teacher Sara Ajisafe first contacted Deedy to arrange a presentation of her books for the school’s second, fourth and fifth graders. The appearance and reading was conducted last month.

To cover Deedy’s typical appearance fee of $1,600, Ajisafe spearheaded a special fundraising effort. Upon hearing the academy had to raise money to cover the appearance, Deedy then turned around and gave the money back to the school in the form of a donation to the library fund.

“I really wanted to expose the students to a unique opportunity that would give them a different perspective on writing,” said Ajisafe, discussing the experience. “I want my students, and all TMSA students, to love writing and understand that inspiration for writing can come from everywhere. Carmen Agra Deedy really helped them understand this. I am thankful that we were able to raise the money and was elated when she offered it back to the school.”

Deedy has been writing for children for more than two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, where she lives today. Her children’s books have won numerous awards. “The Library Dragon” received various children’s state book awards and has sold near half a million copies.

In 2003 the book was Georgia’s choice to represent the state at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival. Deedy’s book, “14 Cows for America,” is based on an astonishing gift Americans received from a Maasai village in Kenya, following the events of 9/11 and is a New York Times Bestseller.
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Noel Mayeske
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April 19, 2013
It was such a pleasure to have Ms. Deedy at The Main Street Academy. She is amazing storyteller! Then to have her so generously donate the seed money for our library is a huge gift. We are very grateful to her, and also to Ms. Ajisafe for bringing her to TMSA.

- Noel Mayeske, TMSA PTO president
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