School Visits

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Making Sheer Khorma at Zeh

On Friday, October 17th,2014,  I had the distinct pleasure of visiting  Oregon Middle School and High School in Oregon, Wisconsin to talk about The Garden of my Imaan.    The visit was arranged by the kind efforts of Lou Kindschi, a teacher at Oregon High School and a truly global educator who has traveled the world to embrace cultures first hand to bring to her classroom.  She was kind enough to coordinate my school visits and was an excellent host.  Thank you, Lou! 


Below is a link to a wonderful blog written by Amy Vatne-Bintliff.  Bintliff is a reading teacher at Oregon Middle School in Oregon, Wisconsin. 
She is also a recipient of the 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Hi Farhana
This is the blog that I wrote for Teaching Tolerance describing the power of your visit and the Islamophobia that we faced in the classroom. 
I hope that it helps spread awareness of your beautiful book!!!  Your visit had such a lasting impact on my students and me.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, I was invited to do a book reading at the Ruth Miller Elementary School in Westford, MA.  This was a part of the school's Community Day celebration.  My presentation consisted of a slide presentation, and book reading followed by a fun roti making demonstration.  It was lovely to see the students have fun and participate with great enthusiasm.  My heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Sardella, Assistant Principal and Ms. Mary Pobuck, Principal, for inviting me to their school to share my book, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji  with with wonderful students, staff and parents of Ruth Miller School. 

Happy Memories from Ruth Miller Elementary, Westford, MA

On Monday, April 20, 2015, I was thrilled to visit the Calvin Coolidge Elementary School in Wyckoff, NJ for a day long presentation of my books, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji and The Garden of my Imaan.  This was a particularly exciting trip on a very personal level as my two grandchildren, a first grader and a third grader, are students at this school.   Students in grades K-4 heard a reading of Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji and 5th graders heard selections from The Garden of my Imaan.  The presentations were a combination of cultural awareness building and hands on participation in various fun activities.  I would like to thank Ms. Susan Needleman, media specialist and Mr. Famularo, principal for  inviting me to their school for a very heartwarming day!  

Here are some happy memories from Coolidge Elementary, Wyckoff, NJ


Thursday, January 28, 2016: Marion E. Zeh School visit!
A fabulous day at the wonderful  Zeh School! Thank you, Susan Whitten, Mary Ellen Remillard and Stacey Lin!
April 1, 2016:  Met with 100 plus second graders at the Miriam McCarthy Elementary School in Framingham for a book reading and interactive presentation of Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji.
Thank you, Brett Beckman for the invitation!   Here are some photo from this wonderful event!


Monday, February 27, 2017
Woo Hoo!  I've just returned from a lovely visit to Haggerty Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts where I was invited to do a presentation of  Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji.  I left the house pretty early in an effort to beat a notorious rush hour traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike.  Thankfully, made it in plenty of time though!  It was a pleasure to meet with the wonderful second and fourth graders at this school.  there were a  lot of amazing roti rollers and sari models!  Thank you, Sarah Novgrodsky, media specialist for reaching out to me.  I loved being in your school and have come away with many fond memories. A big thank you to the wonderful custodian who helped to transport my big bins up to the fourth floor!  I hope to post some pictures of this memorable visit, just as soon as I have them!

The Magellan International School, Austin, Texas, April 1, 2019: A Fun Day at Gabriella's School!

                                       Sharing a HHRFDJ Power Point

                                                                 Fun with a Sari!

Sari Wrapping at Magellan

Thanks to Angie's initiative, I had the distinct pleasure of reading Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji at my grand daughter's school on Monday, April 1, 2019.  My sincere thanks to Sagrario Arguelles, Head of Primary and to Lily, an amazing librarian at an amazing school.  Muchas Gracias, Sagraio! Here's  a nice letter from her:  

Dear Farhana,
Thank you very much for taking the time to come to the school to share with the students' different traditions and for reading your wonderful history to them. They were thrilled with this learning experience. Today, a lot of them told me that they love it!
¡Muchas gracias!

A Visit to Norman E Day Elementary School

Westford, MA

April 11, 2019

 I had the very good fortune to be invited by my dear friend, Chris Sardella, to do a book presentation at his amazing school.  I was made to feel so welcome. Being treated to a delicious Indian lunch was a very  special treat.  Thank you, Chris! 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Thank you, Margaret Fawley for inviting me to Barbieri Elementary, Framingham, as part of the Author Day annual event.  It was great fun presenting Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji to the fourth graders.  The roti making session was fun.  The roti did actually puff up!

Farhana Zia,
Aug 20, 2014, 10:55 AM