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Internationally Renowned Writer to Visit Rossman School


November 7, 2013

Internationally renowned writer Barry Lane will soon visit Rossman School to share his expertise and inspire students through writer’s workshops and an assembly.

Lane’s two-day visit is made possible by the Helen Schwaner Faculty Professional Development Award, which was presented Nov. 4 to Rossman School sixth grade teachers Debbie Brummit and Jim Holmes.

In 1996, the Cummings family established an endowment to fund this award, which is given annually to a member or members of the Rossman faculty to provide opportunities for furthering their professional development and enhancing classroom and extracurricular activities. The Cummings family is related to the late Helen Schwaner, who founded Rossman School with Mary Rossman in 1917.

Brummit and Holmes were inspired to submit a proposal for bringing Lane back to Rossman to work with students after the Rossman faculty was afforded the opportunity to experience a one-day workshop by Lane in August.

“We wanted him to return to share his expertise with our students,” Brummit says. “From these two days, the Upper School students will gain a sense of confidence in writing, and the entire school will benefit from his ‘Force Field for Good’ assembly, which will promote conversations about character in all grade levels.”

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