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School for Advanced Studies Dresses Up for Children's Alley at 2012 Book Fair

Creature from Book Fair

Miami, November 9, 2012 - Dr. Andy GottliebEleven years ago, during the week of September 11, 2001, a momentous week in American history, Dr. Andrew Gottlieb began his first day of teaching at the School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Wolfson Campus. During the ensuing eleven years, the SAS program and Miami-Dade College (MDC) have partnered to achieve tremendous growth and nationally recognized achievements. It was in 2001 that Dr. Gottlieb also began to sponsor a group of his SAS Wolfson students who wanted to participate in the Miami International Book Fair at their campus in downtown Miami.

Each year since then, Dr. Gottlieb has organized a group of volunteer SAS students to work at the Miami Book Fair International. The students dress up in costumes representing literary characters and step forward to interact with the young visitors in the fair's Children's Alley. These SAS students derive a great deal of satisfaction bringing joy and happiness to the young children as they make these literary characters come alive.

The partnership between School for Advanced Studies and Miami-Dade College has been enhanced by this SAS student participation in the book fair. These SAS students, who comprise some of the greatest academic achievers in South Florida, take time away from their rigorous studies to volunteer at the fair. SAS students attend one of the most academically challenging high schools in the United States and SAS has recently been recognized as the 12th best high school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine (June,2012). SAS graduates are currently attending all of the nation's Ivy League schools, and many of the most prestigious post-secondary institutions in general.

Once again this November, Dr. Gottlieb is preparing the SAS Wolfson students for their annual participation in the Miami Book Fair International. They will once again don costumes representing characters from children's television, film, and literary popularity in the Children's Alley of the Miami Book Fair International. The 2012 Book Fair begins with author appearances on November 11 and culminates with the Street Fair from November 16-18. SAS Wolfson students will volunteer in costume on the first day of the street fair.

Creatures from the Miami International Book FairDr. Gottlieb has been sponsoring this activity for so long now, that some of the kids who have visited Children's Alley in recent years to interact with the literary characters are accompanied by parents who graduated from SAS a decade earlier. These SAS graduates, who had dressed in costumes at the fair many years ago, are now bringing their own children to see and interact with current SAS students dressed as literary characters.

On Friday, November 16th, the Street Fair at Miami Book Fair International will commence. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren will help to inaugurate the event. They'll make the trip downtown that Friday to hear authors and interact with the SAS students in costume in Children's Alley. Other activities that day for the children will include theatre, arts-and-crafts, storytelling and readings by children's book authors. There will also be presentations over the weekend by renowned graphic novelists and illustrators.

When visiting the street fair this year, please look for Dr. Gottlieb and the SAS Wolfson students in Children's Alley. A sample of some of the characters and costumes worn by SAS students are illustrated in the attached photos.

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, 8:19 AM

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