H.O. Brittingham Elementary School teacher Jordan Sáez will hold a virtual reading of her first published children’s book, “The Last Day of School?” in a forum hosted by Milton Public Library at 6 p.m., Friday, May 14.
Sáez, a kindergarten Spanish Immersion teacher, said the bilingual book marks March 12, 2020, the last day students were in school for the 2019-20 school year before Gov. John Carney closed Delaware public schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The book details students' memories of that day, from the birth of a baby chick to the principal singing and playing “Happy Birthday” on his guitar for a student.
During remote-learning planning workshops that spring, Sáez said she learned she couldn’t read and record for students a book written by someone other than herself due to copyright laws. So, she wrote her own book.
“I was inspired to write it because I was sad my third-graders and I left school and didn’t come back,” she said. “I was blessed with this great opportunity, support and the inspiration to write.”
Register for the event at delawarelibraries.libcal.com/event/7744101. The link to attend will be sent to registrants via email.