Local author Helen Collier spreads positivity at Lake Dolloff

Local author Helen Collier spoke to Lake Dolloff Elementary students on May 15 in the school
Local author Helen Collier spoke to Lake Dolloff Elementary students on May 15 in the school's library. Students wrote their names on paper plates with the sentence 'I am important.'
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

Mirror staff reports:

Local author Helen Collier shared her storytelling wisdom May 15 at Lake Dolloff Elementary.

She explained the components of a story — characters, conflict, climax, ending — and even improvised a tale about her sparkling cowboy hat. She read from her book “Looking for Trouble” with Meow the Louisiana catfish and encouraged the kids to come up with their own ending.

"A painter uses a paintbrush to paint a picture," she said. "A writer uses words."

Collier shared advice on bullies and staying out of trouble. She also reminded dozens of kids to say to themselves “I am important" — a message that the kids waved on paper plates.

To learn more about Collier, visit her website:



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