About the Authors!
My name is Annie Cutler. I'm from South Portland, Maine and am currently an English major and History minor at Connecticut College. Reading has been an extremely important part of my life and I want to share this passion to kids in a place where there is a lack of resources to acquire appropriate materials, which is why I decided to write a childrens book for my Independent Study Project. One of my favorite books as a kid was Riptide by Frances Ward Weller.
My name is Kate Leaf and I'm a junior at Colorado College. What sold me on SIT's study abroad program was the chance to write and illustrate a children's book... definitely my cup of tea. I'm looking forward to our month-independent study project because it will allow me to combine my love of working with kids, art and reading into one. It's hard for me to choose a favorite picture book since I loved so many, but I know I freqeuntly asked my mom to read both Stella Luna and the Berenstain Bears. Thanks for your support in this endeavor!
About the Book!
Although we're still figuring out the specific focus of our story, we intend to spend four weeks working with underprivelaged children ("street kids") in La Paz. We are particularly interested in how art can be used both as a coping mechanism and as a way to tell one's story. (aka, we want to paint with kids for a month). We would love to incorporate the kids' art into our final book, and hope that this story will reflect the hopes and challenges of Bolivian kids living on the streets.
What is SIT Study Abroad Global Reciprocity Fund?
I’ve recently returned from a semester abroad. I spent that time deeply engaged in the local community, studying with local faculty, living with homestay families, and gaining a deep appreciation and understanding for the local culture, language and critical issues of the area.
This experience has transformed my life. It’s now time for me to give back to the local community that gave me so much. This is a concrete way for me to give back.
We would really appreciate your help as we try to fundraise from abroad. You can either make a donation through the SIT website or pre-oder a book for 6.95. Thanks!
Also, please bookmark this page if you’re interested in keeping track of my progress as I approach the fundraising deadline. I encourage you to browse the rest of this website so you can learn more about SIT Study Abroad and The Global Reciprocity Fund.
Annie and Kate