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Author visits Holy Family

December 11, 2019
The Town Crier

Author Jill Hardie visited Holy Family School to read her Holiday Book, "The Sparkle Box." Hardie took time to visit with all the students and teachers in grades K-8. While at Holy Family, Hardie talked with the students about Christmas traditions, spreading kindness during the Christmas season, and what inspired her to become an author. The basis of the book "The Sparkle Box" is to encourage people to spread kindness and compassion to other people during the Christmas season.

"I want students to realize they have the ability to make a difference in the world by being kind to those in need," Hardie said regarding her goal for sharing the book. "That kindness can be shown through something as simple as taking the time to cheer someone up who is feeling lonely, to earning money to purchase a water filter that will provide clean drinking water for a family for life in another part of the world. We all have the ability to make a difference."

Second grade teacher Shari Sfara is a longtime fan of her book. Sfara shares this book with her class yearly and has even been known to give it as a gift to other teachers.

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Author Jill Hardie poses with Principal Kathy Stoops, second grade teacher Shari Sfara, and second grade students: Leo Manning, Mallory Berlon, Rocco Memo, Julia Jones, and Nathan Koch.

Sfara said, "'The Sparkle Box' is one of my favorite books, a truly inspirational message about the true meaning of Christmas. It was such an honor to meet the author, Jill Hardie. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tradition with all of us."

Second grade student Julia Jones enjoyed reading the book and meeting Author Jill Hardie. She said, "It was inspiring meeting the author. I got to meet someone who wrote two books...that doesn't happen every day!"

Hardie encouraged the students and staff to tell others about "The Sparkle Box."

"The Sparkle Box is available to read cover-to-cover through December on," she said. "There are also ideas for families, groups and churches on how they can make The Sparkle Box a meaningful part of their Christmas celebration."

Principal Kathy Stoops was also very inspired by the book and the author. She said that each classroom at Holy Family now has a sparkle box where they are all keeping notes of the good deeds and kind works they are doing for other people.



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