Donna Janell Bowman

Texas author and Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee Donna Janell Bowman signs a copy of her book "Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness" followin her presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Navarro Intermediate.

Last week author Donna Janell Bowman visited students at Navarro Intermediate School speaking with them about her book, “Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness.”

The book focuses on the real lives of William “Doc” Key, former slave, and his horse Beautiful Jim Key.

Their stories were centered on teaching other people patience and kindness, all of which she learned through extensive research.

She also used her presentation to talk to the students about her writing process.

Bowman’s visit to Navarro Intermediate was not by chance, but by grant.

A pair of educators worked together to apply for and was awarded a Navarro Education Foundation grant to give students a different outlook on creative writing by bringing an award-winning author in. And it worked.

One student said they were intrigued with how Bowman researched all of the information for her book.

“I hope the students will see her passion for reading and writing and be motivated to do the same,” librarian Sharla Broussard said.

Educators often have to find unique ways to reach their students and excite them about learning.

Events like this hit the mark and spark more than inspiration for reading.

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