Video: Sanislo students tell Caroline Kennedy why they read

April 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS culture/arts | 6 Comments

1:26 PM: We’re at Sanislo Elementary with a variety of other media crews, as Caroline Kennedy‘s visit as a poetry advocate has drawn quite the crowd. That’s Sanislo librarian Craig Seasholes with her in our cameraphone photo. The students have recited poems for her, as some Sanislo students will be doing during an event she is headlining downtown tonight.

She asked them why they like the library; one boy replied enthusiastically, “Reading makes me happy, and makes my brain work better!” She was asked how she became involved with poetry, and she mentioned her mom shared poetry with her when she was very little.

1:42 PM UPDATE: The visit is wrapping up, but some of the children are crowding around Kennedy to talk with her for a few more minutes. Sitting quietly, smiling, in the back of the library is Sanislo’s principal Ernie Seevers, who is retiring after his school year (he says this is the first celebrity visit they’ve had during his tenure, aside from a pro-football player!). Also here, West Seattle’s school-board rep, Marty McLaren. More to come, including video.

ADDED MONDAY EVENING: The video includes Q/A with students and their visitor, as well as a song.


  1. How awesome is this. Hopefully the children will cherish the memories she is sharing with them. I know as an adult I would. Very cool.

    Comment by rockergirl5678 — 1:28 pm April 8, 2013 #

  2. SO cool. Welcome!

    Comment by neato — 3:02 pm April 8, 2013 #

  3. So exciting for our school! What a wonderful opportunity.

    Comment by jeunglady — 4:21 pm April 8, 2013 #

  4. I watched her on New Day NW, and her interview was very good. I wished I could have gotten to this event, or the one tonight, but work wouldn’t allow. So amazing for these kids to experience.

    Comment by coffee — 5:37 pm April 8, 2013 #

  5. I went to hear her tonight. She’s so at ease with kids and adults, gracious and genuine. Sanislo students also there at the performance were outstanding, too!

    Comment by Melinda — 9:57 pm April 8, 2013 #

  6. Thanks to Caroline Kennedy for helping to celebrate School Library Month! Here are some more pictures from the visit:

    Comment by libraryhood — 12:45 pm April 9, 2013 #

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