Edgewood Middle School Welcomes Award Winning Author

On Sept. 25, Wooster City School District’s Edgewood Middle School will welcome well-known author Jack Gantos to present to its seventh-grade students. This visit is made possible through a partnership with the Wayne County Public Library.

Gantos is the author of the Joey Pigza series and the Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Medal Winner and the Scott O’Dell Award Winner for Best Historic Fiction.

During the presentation, Gantos will be discussing his most recent published book, Writing Radar, as well as the writing process. The district hopes students leave the presentation with inspiration and motivation to write.

“Reading and writing are paramount for our students to be successful,” said Brad Warner, Edgewood Middle School’s principal. “Having this presentation allows us to kick off the school year on the right note. We’re not just talking about the importance of literacy; we are actively engaging our students in reading and writing in multiple ways.”

One of the district’s biggest initiatives is literacy, with a focus on the balanced literacy of reading and writing. As a part of this initiative, the district began offering Club 1000. The goal for students involved in Club 1000 is to read for 1,000 minutes.

All Club 1000 winners, including fifth, sixth and seventh-grade students, will attend the assembly and receive one of Gantos’ books. Students will also have the opportunity to get their book signed and have a picture taken with him.

“We would like to extend a special thank you to the Edgewood PTO for purchasing the books for our Club 1000 winners and our amazing Wayne County Public Library for their support and partnership,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs.


The fifth and sixth-grade students will receive a flyer on Gantos’ evening presentation at the Wayne County Public Library. For more information on the evening presentation, visit wcpl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=21523&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/09/01.