Red Carpet Reception

Ben and Ms. Stabnick receiving their Acatemy Award

He wore stripes, just like many Dr. Seuss characters, but was missing a great big hat. But that didn’t stop a standing ovation from the Sprague School community, as Ben wheeled his walker down the red carpet Friday morning to accept the “Hats off to Reading” award at Sprague’s 6th annual A-CAT-emy Awards–the reading and awards celebration which occurs yearly on or near Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. S would have been proud.

Ben on the red carpet with Sprague teachers

Each year Sprague School honors a local author who has made a contribution to their community. This year they voted on Ben and his former, fabulous art teacher Jennifer Stabnick for the book created way back in June 2008, Ben’s Busy Day at the Hospital. You’ve seen this before. We created a few books for Sprague’s library since we hadn’t had any luck getting it published for real, but apparently it’s been a hot item. You can see a Shutterfly version below–enjoy!

Ben with his middle school teachers who took a field trip with us to Sprague!

Proud mama got goosebumps witnessing all that applause. Ben just beamed, with Ms. Stabnick at his side. Charlotte said “that’s my brother!”. Of course we couldn’t tell her in advance. She is not known for secret-keeping.

Thanks to Ben’s middle school teachers who not only approved him missing a class for this award, but who also traveled with him to enjoy the spectacle itself!

And what a great reunion it was of Sprague current and former teachers and Ben. What a lovely way to start the day!

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Melissa Golembewski Wilson posted on March 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Congratulations Ben! What an honor. You Rock! XO

Rani Elwy posted on March 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Thank you Melissa! Flip to last page in book and see all the kids names proudly displayed!

Andrea Ghose posted on March 2, 2013 at 8:01 am

What a lovely way for grandparents to start the morning! We wish we could have been there to hear the applause, see the proud mama, hear Char say “That’s my brother!”, and especially to see Ben’s beaming face! Way to go Benny! We love you all!

Heather Glass posted on March 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Ben, what a wonderful award/honour for you! What a beautiful book! We enjoyed reading through it. We’re so glad you got to enjoy a great holiday in Iceland too and will be thinking and praying for you as you face surgery again before long. Our love to each of you and thank you, Rani, for the wonderful ‘No Boundaries’ blogs!

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