My name is Avery Brown and I am a member of The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board. The Teen Board has already made such an immense impact on my life. I’ve gained new friendships, leadership experience, and the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing group of individuals.
This year, we are selling the book If the Fence Could Talk by Brad Robison and illustrated by Margaret Hoge, to raise money for the Free Field Trip Program, a program that provides schools around the state the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum for free. Our mission is to give students from all over Oklahoma the chance to learn about Oklahoma’s story through its people and hopefully change their lives because of it.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to meet with author Brad Robison in person. He told me his story and how the Oklahoma Bombing inspired him to write his book. After the meeting, I learned that he is a person who used his gift of writing to teach children that no matter who you are, you can make a difference in the world. There is always something a person can do to change the world for the better.
Immediately after the bombing, Oklahomans rushed to help each other and came together as a community to never give up. Reasons like these are why I am proud to be an Oklahoman. If you would like to hear about an inspiring story of Oklahoma resilience and bravery as well as support our fundraising efforts, you can donate $25 dollars to me or any of my fellow Teen Board members and receive a copy of Brad Robison’s eloquently written book. In addition, a copy will be donated in your name to educational institutions statewide, thanks to our friends at Sonic.
Tomorrow, September 21, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Brad Robison and Margret Hoge will be joining me at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing booth in vendor village at the Oklahoma Book Festival to sign and sell If the Fence Could Talk to support the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Teen Board. There will also be many titles and new releases from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Publishing at the booth all day.
If you can’t make the Oklahoma Book Festival, please visit the secure link here to make a donation today. I’m grateful to be able to do this and I hope that together, all of the Teen Board members can let as many kids visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as possible.