Tates Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
Children's Author Speaks To Huge Audience
NV - The entire E.C. Best Elementary school in Fallon, NV turned
out to hear Canadian children's author Nikki Tate talk about the
Pony Express, which is the setting for her 11th children's novel,
Jo's Triumph (Orca Book Publishers). The audience of over 500 students
necessitated Nikki using modern conveniences - a megaphone and a
microphone - so that all the children could hear her presentation
on the back of her docile pony, Breezy.
Nikki's children's books have now joined the 20,000 others in the
school's prolific library, nine of which are included in the Accelerated
Reader program (www.renlearn.com). School principal Scott Meihack
credits the program with turning his school around from being rated
"inadequate" seven years ago to one where the 420 readers
in the school read 24-million words last year, checking out 50,000
books from the library during the school term. The school is now
a Western Regional training site for the program.
A visit to another Fallon school, Lahontan Elementary garnered more
enthusiasm from the Grade Four students, whose curriculum this year
includes Nevada history. Nikki was able to tell them about the events
of 1860 that occurred in their area when the short lived Pony Express
made its appearance.
Another sunset brought another trail ride, this time in the Fort
Churchill area in the shadows of the remains of the fort that was
built the same year as the first Pony Express rider carried the
mail across the country.
Nikki's has another interesting weekend of Trail rides planned and
a book signing at the Mark Twain Book Store in Virginia City Saturday.
She is carrying mail, Pony Express style, from Canadian school children
to students in Nevada. Her adventures will culminate at the Great
Basin Book Fair in Reno on September 21.
Nikki Tate's Pony Express Adventure on her website at www.stablemates.net.
PONY EXPRESS 2002 SPONSORS:
Books (Victoria, BC) Clearsilver Media (Victoria, BC) Horse Council
BC (Aldergrove, BC) Leisure Time Rentals (Victoria, BC) Orca Book
Publishers (Victoria, BC) Scrapbook Parade (Victoria, BC) Sono Nis
Press (Winlaw, BC) Theatre Row Auto Sales (Victoria, BC) Karl Schutz