Bob Evans"As a former member of the Ohio Board of Regents, I know the importance of education to open the minds of our youth in Appalachia. A college education is crucial to their future job success."
Gov. Ted Strickland"When you grow up in small town southern Ohio, you see what people are capable of every single day. While there’s never been any shortage of ability in the place I call home, we have to make sure there’s no shortage of opportunity."
ICAN! Member Spotlight
ICAN! Member Gina D’Andrea
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Network is a family. As the family grows, FAO is able to strengthen its programming and impact quality of life in Appalachian Ohio. With the help of ICAN! supporters, FAO is celebrating the region's culture, history, and future.
The Foundation will regularly spotlight a member of our ICAN! family and have our first interview with member Gina D'Andrea, author of the newly published children’s book, The Blackberry Patch.
§ Where are you from?
I was raised on a
§ What was your inspiration for your book, the Blackberry Patch?
Inspiration for The Blackberry Patch comes from my own life experience. As a child, I had assigned daily chores, which included foraging for seasonal fruits and nuts. Picking berries with my siblings, grandfather and parents, brings back fond memories of grand adventure. We always knew where the best berries grew near Snow Fork, along the railroad tracks. Today we still gather fruits and nuts from the wooded areas where we live.
§ How are you using your book to inspire the children of
The children of
Using my book to inspire the children of
When I visit a school or group of children and time is available, we review the writing process. I share my method of acquiring and storing words and ideas. By sharing my writing techniques, I show them that a story has many ways of coming to life. At a recent visit to
§ Why was it important to you to become an I-Can member?
Becoming and I-Can member allows me and my family to remain committed to helping others in our region to become successful. When we are successful, we enhance our
§ Do you have any advice for students?
My advice to students is to remember the influential tools and skills they receive from their teachers. Learn the importance of the dictionary, thesaurus, the library and other writing implements. Ideas come from many sources - siblings, relatives, life events, etc. Keep a journal of story ideas and words; it is the quality of words in a story that count, not the quantity. When writing and choosing a genre, be creative and use a little serendipity and a tad of whimsy. Perservere. Dreams do come true.
Information regarding the purchase of the book, The Blackberry Patch, can be found at www.tatepublishing.com.
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