Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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‘Maggie’ Author to Present Student Assemblies and Workshops through Arts Partners Program

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas. (Photo by Carl Williams)

Grant Overstake is a new Teaching Artist for Arts Partners of Wichita. He will present student assemblies and writing workshops in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Grant Overstake, author of the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, has joined Arts Partners of Wichita.

ArtsPartnersLogoAs a Teaching Artist, he will present assemblies and writing workshops for students from 4th grade through high school in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Arts Partners of Wichita is affiliated with the national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network. Its goal is to inspire creativity and learning by using the arts to enhance the classroom experience for students.

“I’m honored to be invited to join Arts Partners,” Overstake said. “It’s a privilege to be included on the list of the truly amazing local artists who devote their time and talents to help educate and inspire the next generation of creative thinkers.”

A Wichita native, Overstake attended Buckner Elementary, Brooks Jr. High, and Heights High School. His novel can be found on library shelves in public schools in the district as well as in local parochial schools. Continue reading


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‘Inspiring Maggie’ to Visit to Griffith Elementary School

Author Grant Overstake reads from 'Maggie Vaults Over the Moon' at a book signing at Watermark Books on April 7, 2013.

Author Grant Overstake will present ‘Maggie’ at Wichita’s Griffith Elementary School. 

Storybook heroine Maggie Steele is ready and eager to inspire and encourage the awesome 5th grade students at Griffith Elementary School in Wichita, Kan.

Author Grant Overstake will visit the school on Tuesday, Oct. 1st, to discuss Maggie’s courageous journey in his novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

“Maggie is super excited to share her story with all three 5th grade classes at Griffith!” Overstake said. “Griffith is a wonderful school with great students.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has been endorsed by Olympians, school counselors, and teachers across the nation for its inspirational message for young people, including Griffith’s Jenni Birdsall — who’s reading the story to her 5th graders in advance of the author’s arrival.

'Maggie' is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

‘Maggie’ is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

“This is an over the moon opportunity for the fifth students at Griffith!” Birdsall said. “We are currently working in reading a theme of ‘Overcoming Challenges’, and students are learning about overcoming their fears, tough situations, and becoming a better person by overcoming the obstacles.”

“Fifth grade is a challenging year for students,” she added, “And Maggie is encouraging us with her experiences.”

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