Genie Hwang and studentsGenie Hwang, 6th grade teacher at Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH) and Core 3 students.

Thank you SMASH school teachers and librarian Diane Greenseid in Santa Monica for inviting Lola Zola into your classrooms. We enjoyed the Readers Theater and the Q & A with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders curious about our writing process. (Marcy wrote the first draft of Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush; Jackie revised it.) During the mock election for 6th grade Class President, boys playing Buck sauntered down the aisle, passing out glossy campaign literature; girls pretending to be Lola gave heartfelt speeches about eco-quality and justice for all sixth graders. Like a chorus, the students shouted, “LO LA LO LA LO LA!” until teacher Genie Hwang (pictured above) announced they’d have to read the book to find out who wins the class election.

SMASH StudentA Readers Theater actor and literary-minded SMASH student in the SMASH Library





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