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Learning how stories can create change

Author Kelsey Timmerman speaks to the Blue River Valley Jr.-Sr. High School yearbook class about making change through their stories.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Vikings in charge of capturing this year’s memories got a pep talk this week from award-winning author Kelsey Timmerman.

Timmerman stopped by Blue River Valley Jr.-Sr. High School Monday to share his experiences traveling the world and writing about the people he met.

Timmerman specializes in non-fiction and is a champion of global thinking and local action.

While researching his books “Where Am I Wearing?” and “Where Am I Eating?” Timmerman visited Honduras, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Ivory Coast, Colombia and ended up back here again in Indiana.

His newest book is called “Where Am I Giving?”

When he speaks to high schools, Timmerman encourages teens to think globally and act locally.

Timmerman told the Blue River Valley yearbook class that telling stories about different people in the community can help build empathy between neighbors.

“As writers at your school, it is your responsibility to find their stories,” Timmerman said. “You’re not putting together a yearbook, you’re building a community.”

BRV yearbook teacher Sonya Paul explained to her students that writers like Timmerman help put faces to the statistics that most people only see in headlines.

“In a larger sense, it’s trying to show that we’re all human together,” Paul said.

BRV junior Bryce Davis had never talked to someone who had been to a jungle or published a book before hearing Timmerman speak Monday.

“It was cool to have someone talk to us about something like that,” Davis said.

The Indianapolis Public Library sponsored Timmerman’s visit to the Blue River Valley Schools through the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

For more information on Timmerman, visit his website www.kelseytimmerman.com.