Published On: Wed, Apr 27th, 2016

An old idea is still being used to inspire kids today

LAUREL — An idea a local resident had close to 25 years ago to inspire young students in their writing abilities proved to be a good thing.

Pat Jenkins Rohde, who now lives between Randolph and Carroll, wanted to do something to encourage students for a life-time of writing.

“Twenty-five years ago I had an idea to bring authors from all over the country to northeast Nebraska,” she said. “Students from area schools could attend a festival where they could connect with authors and share their own writings with the author.”

Jenkins Rohde was elementary teacher at Wayne Community School, in Wayne and was also a member of the International Reading Association at the time.

The school in Wayne would send teachers to the Reading Conferences in Kearney every year.

Teachers from other area schools would also attend. It was usually elementary teachers according to Jenkins Rohde.

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