The third grade students in the Extended Foreign Language/Bilingual program at Bob Graham Education Center (BGEC) participated in this year’s Miami Book Fair International held at Miami Dade College’s downtown campus.
The Miami Book Fair is the largest literary gathering in the Americas and this year celebrated its 30th anniversary with participation by some of the world’s top English and Spanish authors, creators, illustrators, entertainers, thinkers and leaders.
This year’s featured country was Spain and the fair was kicked-off by the Prince and Princess of Spain. The students from BGEC participated in a session with best selling author and illustrator Geoffrey Hayes with each student receiving a copy of his latest book.
The students later saw a theatrical production in Spanish at the Prometeo Theater and they participated in the Paintbox where they made art projects as well as in the Rhythm Factory where they heard music, danced and participated in a “percussion petting zoo."
The students also toured the College’s library and viewed the College’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. A few of the students even got to meet Miami Dade College president and founder of the Miami Book Fair International, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. This was the first visit ever by a group of students from BGEC to the Miami Book Fair International.